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Monday, April 29, 2019

Two More Stephen King Stories Set to Hit the Big Screen


Stephen King is one of the world’s most prolific writers. He is worth an estimated $400 million, which helped him buy one of the most expensive properties on the west coast of Florida. He’s in good company, of course, as there are many celebrities that live in Tampa and nearby Sarasota.
During the long span of a highly successful career as a fiction writer, King has published 58 novels and sold more than 350 million books. He’s also had many of his books adapted to the screen, some more successfully than others. Now it looks like there will be two more adaptations hitting the big screen soon. Entertainment news outlets announced that two of King’s works - a novel and a short story - are being adapted for the cinema and TV screen.

Rest Stop

Rest Stop was a short story published in Esquire magazine in 2003. It won an award and was later included in an anthology of work titled Just After Sunset. There are now plans to turn it into a movie. The story centers around an author who makes a pitstop in a Floridian rest area. While in the restroom, he becomes the unwitting witness to a man attacking his pregnant girlfriend. In a bid to end the violent argument, he channels his pen name’s alter ego, which is a theme King explores in another of his novels, The Dark Half.

Sleeping Beauties

Sleeping Beauties is a more recent work, published in 2017 and written in collaboration with his son, Owen King. In this tale, women fall prey to a mysterious sleeping sickness. Soon, women all over the world are blissfully asleep, protected by a cocoon. Unfortunately, many of their menfolk don’t appreciate being left on their own and they try to wake the women up. This is when it all begins to go horribly wrong, as the women who are rudely awakened erupt into a homicidal rage. And who can blame them?!
Insiders say this adaptation will be for the small screen, with the novel set to become a TV series. Who knows, maybe it will become another Walking Dead and continue for multiple seasons!

More New Projects in the Pipeline

Those in the know say that more adaptations are in the pipeline. King’s apocalyptic novel, The Stand, is being developed for the small screen, and a movie based on The Talisman, a book King wrote in collaboration with Peter Straub, is in the works, too.

Previous Stephen King Adaptations

One of the most recent Stephen King adaptations, IT, was surprisingly good, but perhaps the best one of all time was Brian de Palma’s Carrie, made in 1976. Jack Nicholson in The Shining and Kathy Bates in Misery are also excellent. Other great works include Stand By Me, The Green Mile, and The Shawshank Redemption.

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Some of the worst include Lawnmower Man, Graveyard Shift, Cell, and Maximum Overdrive.

What’s your favorite Stephen King novel? Tell us more below!
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