Stephen King adaptations are going through a big revival right now on both the big and small screens. Following the record-breaking success of It, King revealed that two of his most popular stories, Salem’s Lot and The Stand, are due for television treatments.
“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,” King said in an interview with Vulture. “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!”
Salem’s Lot was written in 1975 and follows a writer named Ben Mears who returns to the town where he grew up, Jerusalem’s Lot, Maine, only to discover that the residents are vampires. The novel was adapted for television twice, once in 1979 and then again in 2004, both of which are three-hour miniseries.
The Stand was written in 1978 and is a post-apocalyptic story focusing on humanity surviving in the wake of an influenza outbreak. It remains to be seen how or if it will tie into The Dark Tower, which was a critical and financial flop at the box office, as per the source material. This story was adapted into a miniseries in 1994, receiving a lukewarm reception. A feature film from Warner Bros. Pictures and CBS Films has lingered in developmental hell since 2011.
This comes at a very exciting time for King’s fans, as Andrés Muschietti’s It remake has become the highest-grossing horror movie ever. Netflix is also set to drop Gerald’s Game in October and 1922 in November, joining the likes of recent shows such as Mr. Mercedes, The Mist, Under The Dome and 11/22/63 as part of the King revival.
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