New Stephen King adaptations seem to be getting announced faster than Star Wars films lately, but we’re definitely not complaining. Unlike the cinematic universes dominating the box office, King adaptations have thrived for decades without needing to share stylistic, tonal, or narrative continuity. Movies and TV shows based on his work range from pure schlock like Sleepwalkers to high-brow dramas like The Shawshank Redemption, and everything in between.
With so many adaptations being snatched up by studios, we decided to share the top 10 we can’t wait to see!
Pet Sematary (2019)
The first trailer for the upcoming Pet Sematary finally dropped today looking to prove that “sometimes, dead is better!” Often described as one of King’s most terrifying novels, the story is a gut-wrenching spiral into desperation and insanity. In the book’s prologue, King said the story, unsettled him so much that he almost didn’t publish it. While the 1989 film had its moments (*shudders at the thought of Zelda), there is plenty of room for improvement when the new adaptation comes out next April.
In the Tall Grass (2019)
Netflix is bringing us this Stephen King/Joe Hill short story about a brother and sister who are lured into a tall grass field by something sinister. Gerald’s Game and 1922 were hits for the streaming service last year, and we’re ready to see them bring more horror stories to the small screen that haven’t yet been given on-screen adaptations.
The Stand (TBA)
While the 1994 miniseries for The Stand did a respectable job adapting the apocalyptic King story, the 90’s made-for-TV series definitely feels dated (there’s an absurd amount of mullets and denim). With the level of quality TV shows can achieve nowadays, a modern take on The Stand could make for one cinematic series. CBS All Access sounds like it will be having another go at The Stand to give the apocalypse a modern update.
The Dark Tower (TBA)
It was no surprise when last year’s ill-conceived big-screen adaptation of The Dark Tower flopped after trying to water down the sprawling epic into a 90-minute YA adventure film. A tale as staggering as The Dark Tower needs room to breathe, which is why many fans were relieved to see Amazon swoop in to hopefully offer redemption for the Gunslinger with a series.
IT: Chapter Two (2019)
The 1990 miniseries famously took a nose-dive when it reached the second half with the adults squaring off against a giant spider puppet. So while IT (2017) was an overall hit, we’re waiting with bated breath to see if IT: Chapter Two will be able to avoid the same fate as the disappointing miniseries. The real test is yet to come…