the outsider series

HBO wants in on that sweet, sweet Stephen King action. So they’ve given a series order to The Outsider, based on the horror-mystery book King published this summer. Extraordinary and very busy character actor Ben Mendelsohn will produce and star in the 1o-episode series, in which a murder investigation turns up strange, and downright impossible results. More on The Outsider series below.  Read More »

doctor sleep cast jacob tremblay

Room‘s Jacob Tremblay is the latest addition to Mike Flanagan‘s Doctor Sleep cast. This marks a reunion for the two – Tremblay appeared in Flanagan’s horror film Before I Wake. The film is an adaptation of Stephen King‘s sequel to The Shining, focusing on an adult Danny Torrance (played by Ewan McGregor). Tremblay’s role is unknown at this time – could he be playing the younger Danny in flashbacks? Maybe!

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Joyland TV series

There was a period following the box office success of It where we were getting a new Stephen King adaptation announcement every day. Things have quieted down a bit, but producers still haven’t given up on the King craze. The latest King adaptation to join the ever-growing list is Joyland, a mystery novel King released in 2013. Freeform has ordered a Joyland TV series from writers Chris Peña (Jane the Virgin) and Cyrus Nowrasteh (The Stoning of Soraya M.).

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maximum overdrive blu-ray

While he’s had his hand in several screenplays, Stephen King only directed one movie: Maximum Overdrive. Widely panned when released in 1986, the killer truck film has achieved a kind of cult status, where fans admire the film for its goofball charms. Vestron Video is releasing a new Maximum Overdrive Blu-ray this week, and we have an exclusive clip for you below.

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castle rock featurette

The majority of Stephen King‘s Castle Rock stories are set in the ’80s and ’90s, but the Hulu series Castle Rock brings the cursed town into the present day. While that may seem like a no-brainer to some, it changes the dynamic considerably. And that’s the point. In a new Castle Rock featurette, the creative team behind the series explains why everyone decided to bring Stephen King’s Castle Rock into the present.

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Pet Sematary Trailer

Want to see something scary? If so, you’re in luck: the Pet Sematary trailer is here to give you the creeps. This new adaptation of Stephen King‘s scariest novel looks chilling, effectively taking the King story we know so well and adding new, mysterious elements to keep us slightly in the dark. Starry Eyes filmmakers Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer helm this new adaptation, which stars Jason Clarke, Amy Seimetz, and John Lithgow. Watch the Pet Sematary trailer below.

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The Shining sequel

Mike Flanagan‘s adaptation of Stephen King‘s Doctor Sleep is technically a sequel to The Shining – but that causes a problem. As any King fan can tell you, Stanley Kubrick‘s film adaptation of The Shining is very different from King’s book, which raises a question: will Flanagan’s film ignore The Shining movie adaptation entirely, or will the filmmaker reference Kubrick’s classic in some capacity? We now know the answer.

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Stephen King recently celebrated his 71st birthday and if you tuned into Castle Rock — Hulu’s streaming television series based on characters and settings from the world of King — you might have been going through withdrawals since the show’s finale. For fans eager to get caught up in the mania of another mystery-driven show like Lost or Twin PeaksCastle Rock scratched a very specific itch, getting its hooks into Redditors and inspiring articles likening King to the Charles Dickens of the 21st century.

The effect that Castle Rock had on me is that it made me want to go back and rediscover King’s stories across all forms of media, including but not limited to movies. This ranking of the many movies adapted from King’s books is a good guide for those who want to go down that particular rabbit hole; but in the same way that Castle Rock teased the existence of other realities beyond the one its characters inhabited, there’s a wide world of King content out there and it doesn’t look to be letting up its expansion anytime soon.

As it turns out, the Stephen King renaissance extends well beyond movies to a vast multiverse of multimedia, everything from books to audiobooks to comic books and other streaming TV shows and streaming movies. Most of these stories work as standalone narratives but taken as parts of a whole, they also further enrich and enhance each other. Let’s venture off the beaten path of theatrical releases and dive deep into eight other corners of the Stephen King multiverse.

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doctor sleep cast bruce greenwood

Gerald’s Game actor Bruce Greenwood is reuniting with Mike Flanagan for another Stephen King adaptation. Greenwood is the latest addition to the Doctor Sleep cast, based on King’s sequel to The Shining. The film stars Ewan McGregor stars as the grown up Danny Torrance, who must now deal with a nomadic horde of psychic vampires.

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It: Chapter 2

I didn’t initially think splitting Stephen King‘s gargantuan novel It into two separate movies was a good idea, but the record-breaking box office numbers of last year’s It: Chapter 1 was proof enough that Warner Bros. made the right call…at least financially. Creatively? Well, that still remains to be seen.

The upcoming sequel will pick up with the Losers’ Club as adults nearly 30 years after temporarily defeating Pennywise, and while we knew things are going to get “transdimensional” in It: Chapter 2, some new quotes from the screenwriter have given us an idea of just how far into Crazy Town the filmmakers are planning to go. Will audiences be willing to go along for the ride, or will they reject the inter-dimensional weirdness at the story’s climax? Read More »