In a year of even more Stephen King adaptations than usual, and especially thanks to the phenomenal success of It, it’s no surprise that suddenly there’s even higher demand for new adaptations of his work. According to King himself, two of the new adaptations potentially set to head into production are new versions of The Stand and Salem’s Lot.
Speaking to Vulture, King said:
“There’s talk about doing The Stand as an extended TV series, possibly for Showtime or CBS All Access, and 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.’ Nothing succeeds like excess!”
There’s always interest in new King adaptations, but who knows, maybe we’re entering a King renaissance? Salem’s Lot has already been adapted twice for television, once in 1979 – released as a feature film in some areas – and again in 2004. While The Stand, which sat in development hell for years, was finally adapted into a four-part mini series by King himself in 1994.
A film version of The Stand was put into motion about six years ago but never got off the ground, despite having directors such as David Yates (the Harry Potter series) and Ben Affleck (Argo) attached at one point. However now with the recent success of It, perhaps a studio will be more willing to aggressively push the project into existence.