Often times, when a new film adaptation of one of Stephen King’s books is announced, it ends up being a mixed bag. On the one hand, it’s good to see, but I notice that a lot of the planned adaptations are of books that we had already seen before.
To some extent, this makes sense. You want to adapt the recognizable titles to bring in audiences. When you think of Stephen King, you think of works like “Carrie”, “The Shining”, “It”, or “The Stand”. You could also argue that, given the quality of some of the adaptations, having Hollywood take another crack at it would not be a bad thing.
Still, I can’t help but feel like they should branch out and try to bring works that audiences have already seen. I even planned on making a list, but as I was going through King’s bibliography, it occurred to me that a significant majority of King’s work has been adapted in some form.
There are short stories aplenty, but a lot of those don’t have enough meat for a full movie. The books that haven’t been adapted are few and far between, and even within those there are a lot of works that are or were in the works to be adapted. There was talk about making a “Cell” movie a while back (considering how many people see zombies as being overdone, one could argue that this was for the best). There was that “Talisman” mini-series that hasn’t gone anywhere in over a decade. We all know about the attempt to bring the “Dark Tower” series to life. Even an adaptation of “Eyes of the Dragon” is in the works, and considering the success of CBS’ “Under the Dome”, I think it’s safe to say that the planned television adaptation of “11/22/63” will come to light in due time.
So what’s left? Well, there’s “Gerald’s Game”. For a while, this seemed like a book that Hollywood wouldn’t dare touch, but if “50 Shades of Grey” can be brought to film, I think that this could too. Heck, it could be the perfect way to jump on that particular bandwagon. Then again, having a movie where a character spends a majority of the runtime handcuffed to a bed and suffering from hallucinations could be tricky to pull off.
Seeing as “Desperation” got an adaptation, I think it would be kind of interesting to see “The Regulators” get one as well, seeing as they are “mirror novels”. Even if it is just a TV mini-series, it could end up faring pretty well. Not to mention the fact that you’d have yourself a pretty cool DVD 2-pack to put on store shelves.
Considering that it’s the one story in “Different Seasons” that hasn’t gotten a film adaptation, attempting to bring “The Breathing Method” to life would be interesting to see. It would be sure to stir up controversy as well, which would be great for publicity and drawing people’s attention and curiosity.
Personally, I’m surprised that “The Long Walk” hasn’t been adapted. It wouldn’t require that much of a budget and while it is just people walking, I think that enough happens where it would keep audiences entertained for 90-120 minutes.
I don’t know, maybe “The Sun Dog”? Someone might be able to do something with that, I think.
What works would you like to see adapted? Is there a work that I’m missing or is it better that Hollywood stick to the well known titles? Feel free to sound off below.