Stephen King Castle Rock Series

Looks like Stephen King and J.J. Abrams’ new Hulu show, Castle Rock, has a batch of new actors on board. Melanie Lynskey (I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore, Togetherness), Sissy Spacek (Bloodline), and more have joined the ambitious new horror series that’s set squarely in the Stephen King multiverse. Read on to learn about the latest cast members and the most recent information about the Castle Rock TV show.
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the dark tower featurette

Can the dense mythology of The Dark Tower be condensed into a two-minute featurette narrated by Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey and Stephen King? Kind of.

The first look at the film outside of its cryptic trailers dives into the motivations of the characters played by Elba and McConaughey, shows some new footage of the film, offers up some glimpses behind-the-scenes, and boils the story down to its essence: a fight between good and evil.

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the dark tower trailer

Longtime fans of Stephen King’s lengthy seven-book saga The Dark Tower weren’t exactly thrilled with the film adaptation’s first trailer. Instead of being a straightforward retelling of The Gunslinger, the first story in King’s saga, director Nikolaj Arcel’s movie picks and chooses aspects from multiple books in the series, leaving fans wondering what they’re in for when the movie finally hits theaters.

Now Arcel has confirmed something King himself hinted at over a year ago: The Dark Tower movie is actually a continuation of the story that began in King’s novels. Read on to find out more, but beware – spoilers lie ahead.
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The Mist trailer

Frank Darabont adapted Stephen King’s novella, The Mist, into a dramatic and suspenseful horror movie back in 2007. He made one major departure with the ending that left moviegoers either shaken or irritated. The deviation from King’s ambiguous ending is a masterful surprise, one the Spike television series hopefully won’t try to replicate with a new ensemble of characters.

About two weeks away from the premiere of the series based on King’s novella, SpikeTV has released a new extended look at Christian Torpe‘s horror series.

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Pennywise documentary

I read Stephen King’s iconic 1986 horror novel It for the first time earlier this year in preparation for the upcoming feature film adaptation. The book is phenomenal, but for many, their introduction to the novel’s demonic antagonist – who often takes the form of a murderous clown named Pennywise (aka Robert Gray) – came in the 1990 miniseries, in which Tim Curry played the title role.

With the new movie quickly approaching, a group of filmmakers are taking this opportunity to crowdfund a documentary called Pennywise: The Story of It that reveals behind-the-scenes details about the making of that miniseries and features interviews with the cast. And Curry himself is already on board. Check out the pitch video for the new Pennywise documentary and get more information below.
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Gallery 1988 Stephen King Art Show

This year brings not one but two adaptations of Stephen King properties. We’ll get The Dark Tower in August and then a new take on the horror classic It in September. Both titles are featured several times in Gallery 1988’s new art show inspired by the various works by Stephen King. Other celebrated titles include but are not limited to Christine, Stand By Me, The Green Mile, Cujo, Misery, The Mist and more.

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It Trailer - Pennywise

For anyone who has coulrophobia, a fear of clowns, you’ll probably want to steer clear for the latest trailer for the new adaptation of Stephen King‘s beloved horror novel It.

Much like the first trailer, It doesn’t go out of its way to try to terrify you with cheap jump scares. Instead, they let suspense do the work as the audience anticipates something horrible happening. In this instance, mysterious disappearances have the town of Derry, Main on edge, even going so far as to institute a curfew. But a group of kids apparently aren’t scared enough of the abductions as they continue to ride around town on their bikes, exploring the dark, damp sewers where a terrifying monster resides.

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firestarter

You can’t keep a good Firestarter down. After the opening night screening at the Overlook Film Festival tonight, Akiva Goldsman and Jason Blum announced that they would be teaming up once again to bring Stephen King’s classic pyrokinetic tale back to the big screen. Hit the jump to learn more about the Firestarter remake.

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the mist trailer

We already have one great adaptation of Stephen King‘s novella The Mist, thanks to writer-director Frank Darabont. He surprised us with his adaptation by departing from the original ending and giving the film the grueling finale it deserves. Darabont brought something new to the table with his adaptation, something that may help The Mist stand the test of time.

Nearly 10 years after Darabont’s last picture hit theaters, we’re getting another take on the material from SpikeTV. Below, watch The Mist trailer.

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Film adaptations of Stephen King novels are experiencing a popular resurgence. Recently, the trailer for the new take on King’s It (opening on September 8, 2017) set a new record for the most trailer views in 24 hours. On the horizon, there are theatrical takes on The Dark Tower and 1922 (based on a novella in King’s Full Dark, No Stars), a Netflix adaptation of King’s 1992 novel Gerald’s Game, a TV series remake of The Mist, a series based on King’s 2014 novel Mr. Mercedes, and the J.J. Abrams-produced Hulu series Castle Rock, which will draw inspiration from several of King’s short stories. It’s safe to say the Stephen King adaptation business is booming.

With this comes a question: what is there left to adapt? Sure, there are plenty of films to reboot and remake – a more faithful remake of Pet Sematary, for instance, would be wonderful. But then there are the outliers, the lesser-known titles that have yet to make the leap from page to screen. Let’s take a deep dive into King’s bibliography and examine several lesser-known titles that would make great film or TV adaptations.

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