13 ways Stephen King could soon (we hope) scare the $#@! out of us

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Krystal Clark
Dec 15, 2012

Stephen King is everywhere! Over the past few months he's popped up several times in the news, thanks to The Dark Tower, the TV movie Bag of Bones and the new series Under the Dome. If you're having trouble keeping up with his growing resume of upcoming movie and TV projects, look no further.

We've found 13 horrifying Stephen King properties that are heading your way.

Under the Dome

Year of release: 2009

What it's about: Under the Dome centers on a small vacation spot in Maine where a mysterious, invisible force field surrounds and isolates the natives from the rest of the world. As you can imagine, chaos ensues.

What's up: King is joining sci-fi movie legend Steven Spielberg to bring his latest story to life. The show is described as a supernatural thriller and is currently being developed for Showtime.

The Dark Tower Series

Year of release: 1982-present

What it's about: The series centers on a gunslinger named Roland Deschain whose world is falling apart, so he goes on a search for the Dark Tower (the link among all universes) for answers.

What's up: What can we say about The Dark Tower that hasn't already been said? The ambitious movie-turned-TV-series-turned-movie-again has had its fair share of roadblocks. Ron Howard has been trying to get the film off the ground, but budget issues are forcing him to seek new financiers. It's not dead, but it's currently in limbo.

Bag of Bones

Year of release: 1998

What it's about: The story centers on a reclusive author hiding at his family's retreat while trying to deal with the death of his wife. He's reluctantly pulled into a murder mystery and custody battle that is somehow guided by his dead wife.

What's up: Unlike The Dark Tower, Bag of Bones has a solid cast, a green light and studio backing. The novel is being adapted into a TV movie for A&E and will star Pierce Brosnan as the unlucky writer and Jason Priestley as his literary agent. Priestley just can't stay away from Stephen King, can he? After working on Haven, he must have caught the supernatural bug!


Year of release: 1974

What it's about: Carrie centers on a lonely and repressed girl who discovers she's telekinetic. When pushed to the brink by her religious mother and heartless classmates, she unleashes her murderous rage at the high school dance.

What's up: Earlier this year, it was confirmed that Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (who worked on Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark and the graphic novel version of The Stand) was taking on the latest incarnation of Carrie. His version will supposedly be closer to King's novel than Brian De Palma's 1976 take. If you've read the book, you know that Sissy Spacek looks absolutely NOTHING like Carrie. But that's the magic of Hollywood for you!


Year of release: 1986

What it's about: It tells the story of a group of kids (and eventually adults) who are terrorized by a deadly and supernatural clown called Pennywise.

What's up: In 2009, it was reported that Warner Bros. was set to make an R-rated version of the film, with Dave Kajganich writing the screenplay. He will attempt to give the story new life as a single movie instead of spreading it out over multiple sequels. In other words, the remake will cut the fat.


Year of release: 2006

What it's about: Cell centers on a father and son kept apart by a mysterious cell phone signal that turns humans into mindless psychos.

What's up: In 2007, it was announced that Eli Roth was bringing Cell to the big screen, but he dropped out two years later. In 2009, King himself claimed that it was still moving along, and there are reports that it could be adapted into a miniseries. Cell is still listed as "in development" on IMDB Pro, which means someone out there is keeping it alive.

The Stand

Year of release: 1978

What it's about: The Stand centers on a superflu virus that causes people to drop like flies. During this time several subgroups form, with the most prominent following Mother Abigail and the dictator Randall Flagg. The two groups go head to head in a supernatural battle that has an epic outcome.

What's up: In 1994, the novel was turned into a TV miniseries that starred Gary Sinise, Molly Ringwald and Rob Lowe. Harry Potter's David Yates and Steve Kloves are in talks with Warner Bros. to direct and write the remake, which could be produced as a trilogy.


Year of release: Nov. 8, 2011

What it's about: The story centers on a high school teacher named Jake Epping who goes through a portal that transports him to 1958. He and his friend Al plan to use their (future) knowledge to their advantage to prevent one of the most traumatic events in history—the assassination of John F. Kennedy!

What's up: Silence of the Lambs director Jonathan Demme bought the rights to 11/22/63 and is set to write, produce and direct the film adaptation. So far he hasn't found a studio to distribute it, but he's still aiming to start production in fall 2012.

Pet Sematary

Year of release: 1983

What it's about: The novel follows the Creed family as they move into a new house that's located near a pet cemetery. The burial ground is supposedly infested with mutated and zombie-like animals that haunt and terrorize. And the Creeds end up dealing with their fair share of death and unwanted revivals.

What's up: Earlier this year, we learned that Paramount had plans to remake the film with Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Steven Schneider producing. And a few weeks ago it was reported that Alexandre Aja (Piranha 3D) was their top choice to direct. We're not sure how closely King will be involved (if at all), but we do know the studio is still developing it. Why? Because when movies about vampires and werewolves die down, cats, dogs and possessed children are next in line.


Year of release: 1980

What it's about: Firestarter centers on the father-daughter team of Andy and Charlene "Charlie" McGee. The duo is on the run from a rogue organization called The Shop that performed drug experiments on Andy and his wife. This resulted in their daughter being born with the gift to create fires—with her mind!

What's up: The book was originally adapted in 1984 with Drew Barrymore in the title role, and then Syfy produced a sequel in 2002 called Rekindled. But now a reboot is on the way that will supposedly have "a little more edge." In December 2010, Mark L. Smith (Vacancy) was hired to write the script.

The Talisman

Year of release: 1984

What it's about: The story centers on a 12-year-old named Jack Sawyer (Lost flashback, anyone?) who attempts to save his dying mother with a crystal called the Talisman. Jack lives in a world of parallel universes where if one person dies, it's possible for his "twin" to flip and occupy his life.

What's up: The Talisman has been developed, killed off and then redeveloped again for several years. First as a miniseries for TNT and then as a feature film. The movie is still on hold, but the graphic-novel adaptation hit shelves over a year ago.

"The Ten O'Clock People" from Nightmares and Dreamscapes

Year of release: 1993

What it's about: "The Ten O'Clock People" is a short story about Pearson, a smoker who's seriously trying to kick the habit. He discovers that a chemical imbalance produced during his morning smoke break allows him to see certain people for what they really are—monsters disguised as humans.

What's up: Director E.J. Meyers is shooting an independent adaptation of "The Ten O'Clock People" that's scheduled to start shooting in Rhode Island this fall.


Year of release: 1982

What it's about: The first Creepshow was a horror anthology film written by King that featured several terrifying shorts, including "Crate," "Jolting Tales of Horror" and "The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill (aka "Weeds") that were originally published in magazines like Cavalier and Gallery. The film was directed by another horror icon, George A. Romero.

What's up: Creepshow was a sleeper hit that spawned a few sequels and a graphic novel. In 2008 a pilot was shot for a Creepshow TV series called RAW, and Warner Bros. is supposedly interested in producing a remake of the original film. But no further developments have been announced.

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