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Every Upcoming Stephen King Movie In Development

Rose Madder - TBA

Even though Stephen King's vast collection of work is a well from which most film studios would happily draw, some adaptations struggle getting off the ground. Case in point: Rose Madder. Based on King's novel of the same name, this fantasy thriller dealing with the real-life horror of domestic violence has been in development for years, with screenwriter Naomi Sheridan (In America) once attached to pen the screenplay in 2011. At the moment, however, it resides in Development Hell.

Drunken Fireworks - TBA

Drunken Fireworks by Stephen King book cover

From Stephen King's collection of short stories titled The Bazaar of Bad Dreams is a short story titled Drunken Fireworks. It revolves around the theme of new money and old money, in which a fireworks competition results in some unexpectedly heavy consequences. James Franco is attached to star in the adaptation, according to Variety, and will also double as a producer. The screenplay is being penned by Matt Rager, who also wrote As I Lay Dying, The Sound and the Fury, and In Dubious Battle, in which Franco also starred and directed. There is currently no release date set for the movie.

Related: Every Stephen King TV Show, Ranked Worst To Best

Firestarter - TBA

In 1984, a very young Drew Barrymore starred in an adaptation of Stephen King's sci-fi horror novel FirestarterShe played a young girl named Charlie who is born with a unique gift allowing her to start fires with her mind, which ultimately prompts a government organization known as The Shop to hunt her down. Now, Blumhouse Productions and Universal Pictures are moving forward with an updated take on the story, and though it's still in the very early stages of pre-production, Fatih Akin (The Edge of Heaven) is attached to direct, while Scott Teems (Narcos: Mexico) will pen the screenplay.

The Jaunt - TBA

The Jaunt Stephen King book cover

Another Stephen King adaptation currently in development is based on the short story titled The Jaunt. First published back in 1981 in The Twilight Zone MagazineThe Jaunt later become an entry in King's collection of short stories, Skeleton Crew, telling a futuristic story about people who can teleport, and the potential horrors that come with it. In 2015, it was announced that Andy Muschietti, who has since gone on to direct both IT and IT: Chapter Two, would direct, but that doesn't appear to be the case anymore.

The Stand - TV Series 2019

The Stand Stephen King book cover

One of the most significant upcoming adaptations of Stephen King's work won't be a movie at all, but a TV limited series. The Stand, which was adapted into a miniseries in 1994, will get the TV treatment yet again, courtesy of CBS All AccessThe Stand is an epic story centering around certain individuals who survive a superflu that wipes out most of the population, and Josh Boone - who already has his hands full with other Stephen King projects - is attached to direct.

'Salem's Lot - TBA

Kurt Barlow in 'Salem's Lot

While most of the Stephen King-based projects currently in development have, at the very least, a studio or producer at the helm, 'Salem's Lot is the exception. The only clue that there might be an adaptation (it's already been adapted twice as TV series' in 1979 and 2004) belongs to a quote from Stephen King himself, when he said, "There’s been some interest in developing Salem’s Lot as a feature, probably because people are saying, 'Well, we took an old miniseries called IT and turned it into a phenomenon, so maybe we can do it with something else.'" Otherwise, nothing official has been set in motion.

More: 10 Best (And 6 Worst) Stephen King Movie Adaptations

Key Release Dates
  • Doctor Sleep (2019) release date: Nov 08, 2019
  • Pet Sematary (2019) release date: Apr 05, 2019
  • IT Chapter Two (2019) release date: Sep 06, 2019
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