(Left to right) 'IT' (2017) Photo by Brooke Palmer courtesy Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc, 'Pet Sematary' (2019) Photo by Kerry Hayes courtesy Paramount Pictures, 'In the Tall Grass' (2019) via Netflix Film

Doctor Sleep (2020)

Doctor Sleep Stephen King
‘Doctor Sleep’ via Simon & Schuster

Not many fans would be able to “Overlook” an adaptation for the sequel to The Shining, especially when it’s being helmed by a sure-handed horror director like Mike Flanagan. Ewan McGregor recently said the Doctor Sleep adaptation should be faithful to the book, which should make fans happy. Will Flangan’s adaptation receive the stamp of approval from Stephen King that Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining never got?

The Long Walk (TBA)

‘The Long Walk’ via Simon and Schuster

This dystopian thriller has a simple, yet brutal concept for the unlucky young men participating in a fatal competition…walk, or die. The Long Walk has the potential to be one deadly test of endurance for the characters and the audience. King apparently wrote the novel before his rise to fame, and that led to it being one of his more underrated tales. This film has finally emerged from development hell, and we can’t wait to see what they do with it.

The Tommyknockers (TBA)

'The Tommyknockers' (1993) via IMDB
‘The Tommyknockers’ (1993) via IMDB

While The Tommyknockers may not be one of King’s strongest novels (nor was it a strong miniseries), having James Wan and Roy Lee producing the upcoming adaptation could definitely help. Stephen King himself isn’t even a fan of the novel, but he said in a Rolling Stone interview, “The book is about 700 pages long, and I’m thinking, ‘There’s probably a good 350-page novel in there.'” Perhaps the new film can trim the fat, and bring the 350 page winner to the screen.

The Outsider (TBA)

‘The Outsider’ courtesy Charles Scribner’s Sons

Stephen King’s novel The Outsider has only been out for a few months, and it already has a 10-part limited series reportedly in the works. The story follows an upstanding model citizen who is the prime suspect of a murder with iron clad evidence against him. However, he also has an air-tight alibi with witnesses verifying he was somewhere else at the time of the murder. It’s a very Hitchcockian premise, and it sounds like it may not take long to see how it unfolds on the screen.

The Talisman (TBA)

‘The Talisman’ via Penguin Random House

This one may be a bit of a cheat since there’s nothing officially confirmed yet, but that doesn’t make us any less excited (and hopeful) to see it pan out. Steven Spielberg recently teased at an interview with EW that he’s been wanting to make an adaptation of The Talisman by Stephen King and Peter Straub for decades, and that it may just be getting closer to reality. Seeing a collaboration between Spielberg and King would be a dream (or nightmare) come true.

Which Stephen King adaptations are you most excited to see? Let us know in the comments!


  1. I am a Stephen King fan and I can’t wait to see IT part 2 and Pet Sematary. I will be the first person at every movie adaption that Stephen King will ever create.


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