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Why did Stephen King get a theme month at ScreenAge Wasteland? Well, the man has written so many stories that have gotten adapted into films and television series that he figured, why not! However, there are plenty of King stories that haven’t yet been adapted. Film adaptations of his work can be hit or miss since his 400+ page books aren’t really made to be cut down to a 120-minute runtime. But a limited series, that can run anywhere from 6 to 10 hours seems better suited to handle the source material.
So, the question I ask today is: what Stephen King novel needs a limited series next?
Joyland. Or Later. Or The Colorado Kid. Basically, any of King’s Hard Case Crime novels. All three are brisk, horror-tinged crime novels that could work as films, but would be better as limited series. Especially Later, which seems ripe for the TV treatment. Who doesn’t want to watch young Jamie Conklin, who has the ability to see the ghosts of dead people, use his gifts to help his literary agent Mom finish a deceased author’s latest manuscript so they can keep the lights on? I know I do!
So what about you, screenagers? What Stephen King novel would be better off as a limited series than a movie?
I’ll see you in the trenches.