Stephen King and Steven Spielberg are both pretty amazing people. They’ve given the world some amazing things, including, IT, Jurassic Park, The Shining, and Jaws. Yet, they’ve sadly never worked together on a project.
However, it actually can’t be said that they haven’t tried. According to a recent EW article, Spielberg had designs on King writing the Poltergeist script with him, but unfortunate scheduling issues prevented the collaboration from occurring.
Poltergeist is of course one of the most beloved horror films of the 80s, and was produced and co-written by Spielberg. There’s been a decades-long debate about whether he actually directed it too, but with credited helmer Tobe Hooper now gone, the point seems moot.
Anyway, Spielberg tells EW that that he “wanted [King] to help me out with the script and sort of write it with me, but he was unavailable.” For his part, King says “It didn’t work out because it was before the internet and we had a communication breakdown.”
According to King, said breakdown occurred because he was “on a ship going across the Atlantic to England” and by the time he could respond to a message from Spielberg, the director had moved on to other writing partners.
While it’s tempting to imagine what might have been, considering how terrific Poltergeist turned out, perhaps we should just be thankful for the movie we got. Still, here’s hoping the two Steves finally do work together before either shuffles off this mortal coil.