Maine's Maestro of the Macabre, Stephen King, may have the distinction of being adapted more times than William Shakespeare, with a bazillion projects, miniseries, features and TV shows seemingly on the horizon — but there's still one story that King would love to see brought to life.
Sure, we've got IT, Mr. Mercedes, The Mist and The Dark Tower either in theaters or on TV, then Gerald's Game, Doctor Sleep, Castle Rock, and Pet Sematary all on the fast track. But, King still has a whole lot of untapped material.
So what novel would the horror master enjoy seeing some Hollywood director or streaming service scoop up? It may not be the first that comes to mind!
King was urged to reveal his answer during a recent interview with Variety and here's what the living legend chose:
“Oh, man. Lisey’s Story, I guess,” King replied. “Lisey’s Story is my favorite of the books and I would love to see that done, especially now that there’s a kind of openness on the streaming services on TV and even the cable networks. There’s more freedom to do stuff now and when you do a movie from a book, there’s this thing that I call the sitting on a suitcase syndrome. That is where you try to pack in all the clothes at once and the suitcase won’t close, so you just sit on it until it latches. And sometimes when it comes down on the baggage carousel, it busts open and your dirty laundry is everywhere. So it’s tough to take a book that is fully textured and has all the wheels turning and do it in two hours and 10 minutes. But as a TV show you have 10 hours, there’s always the possibility of doing something like The Handmaid’s Tale, which is extraordinary.”
Here's the 2006 psychological horror novel's official synopsis:
“Lisey lost her husband Scott after a twenty-five-year marriage of profound and sometimes frightening intimacy. Scott was an award-winning, bestselling novelist and a very complicated man. Early in their relationship, before they married, Lisey knew there was a place Scott visited—a place that both terrified and healed him, could eat him alive or give him the ideas he needed in order to live and create.”
“Now, two years after Scott’s death, it’s Lisey’s turn to face his demons, to go to that terrifying place known as Boo’ya Moon. What begins as a widow’s effort to sort through the vast papers of her celebrated husband becomes a nearly fatal journey into the darkness he inhabited.”
Lisey's Story sounds like it contains a lot of King's personal experiences with marriage and substance abuse and the rigors of writing. If done right, it could definitiely become a fascinating series, especially if the Guru of the Grotesque gives it his ringing endorsement.
Have you read Lisey's Story and do you agree with King?
(Via Bloody Disgusting)