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The best Stephen King adaptations in film history.
It might not surprise you to know that Stephen King's work has been adapated to film and television more times than any other author in history. Of course, it helps that he is such a prolific writer; already he's had one book published this year with another coming in October, and that's after the two he publised in 2017.
In less than a year, he's already seen four films based on his work including 'It' and 'The Dark Tower', and there are at least five more in the works. In celebration of that, we list ten of the best Stephen King adaptations ever to hit the big screen.
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
He plays an older Danny Torrence in the forthcoming Stephen King thriller.
Earlier this year, the exciting announcement was made that Stephen King's 'The Shining' sequel, 'Doctor Sleep', was going to be put to film seven years after the book's release. Now it's been revealed that none other than Ewan McGregor will be heading up the class as the older Danny Torrence.
Ewan McGregor at the 'Solo' premiere
'Doctor Sleep' is the follow-up to Stephen King's third novel 'The Shining', and follows the life of Danny Torrance; son of Wendy and the late Jack Torrance. He still has powers of telepathy and premonition, but he's naturally emotionally scarred from the events that took place at the Overlook Hotel when he was 5-years-old.
Continue reading: Ewan McGregor To Play Doctor Sleep In 'The Shining' Sequel
The film may not have made much of an impact in 2017, but Amazon are banking on a TV show faring better.
When 'The Dark Tower' hit the big screen in 2017, it was hit hard with negative reviews from both critics and the wider viewing public. Despite a strong cast that including Idris Elba as The Gunslinger and Matthew McConaughey as his adversary, it wasn't enough to bring in big bucks at the box office, and put a halt on any future instalments into the potential movie series.
Stephen King's 'The Dark Tower' will get live action adaptation
At the same time, rumblings surrounding a 'Dark Tower' television series have been doing the rounds for a few years now. Though those who you'd think would be in the know, such as author Stephen King who wrote the 'Dark Tower' novel series, claimed not to realise where the series would end up and even if it would go ahead, there's now some more positive news to look at.
Continue reading: 'The Dark Tower' TV Series Being Worked On By Amazon
Bill Skarsgård will be making a return as the evil monster Pennywise.
When Stephen King's 'IT' was first adapted for the screen in the form of a miniseries, Tim Curry took on the central role of the monstrous evil that was Pennywise. He made for a fantastic villain and helped to cement King's story as one of the most frightening the world had ever seen. Last year, a whole new generation of horror fans would get to experience Pennywise with the big screen release of 'IT', from director Andrés Muschietti. Expectations were high, and everybody involved delivered in a big way. So much so, that we're now expecting a sequel to come to cinemas at some point in 2019.
Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise in 'IT'
Following the confirmation by Warner Bros. and New Line that they would be working on 'IT: Chapter 2' came confirmation that Bill Skarsgård would be returning, following his brilliant take on Pennywise, as well as director Muschietti. The status of the child actors isn't something we yet know, as the movie is expected to pick up with the "Loser's Club' when they're all enjoying adult life, as is the case in the original novel.
Continue reading: 'IT: Chapter 2' Will Begin Filming In Toronto Later This Year
The author doesn't give anything away about the planned TV series, however.
When Stephen King's fantasy novel series 'The Dark Tower' finally made its way to the big screen earlier this year, it had been a long time coming. Fans had been waiting to see the Gunslinger - played by Idris Elba - and the other characters of the mystical world brought to life, and so it was disappointing when weak reviews and a poor box office came in for the flick.
Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba led the 'Dark Tower' movie
A number of filmmakers had been attached to the project, but it was Akiva Goldsman in the end that put together a cohesive storyline and hoped to pick up critical acclaim. Unfortunately for him, it wasn't to be, and now it's looking more unlikely than ever that we'll see 'Dark Tower' back in movie theatres in the foreseeable future.
Continue reading: Stephen King Promises A "Complete Reboot" For 'The Dark Tower' On TV
The film was hit hard by critics and viewers alike earlier this year.
Taking in just $110 million in the worldwide box office and with reviews largely negative, it's fair to say that the Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey-led film 'The Dark Tower' flopped upon its release a little earlier this year. Author of the novels on which the movie was based, Stephen King, has now had his say on why he thinks that is.
Stephen King, widely renowned as a master of writing
King's storytelling is something that has impressed many over the decades, with novels such as 'Misery' and 'Mr Mercedes' proving popular. Another of King's most popular works is the 1,100+ page horror novel 'IT', which was this year adapted for the big screen, with Andy Muschietti serving as director.
Continue reading: Stephen King Explains Why He Thinks 'The Dark Tower' Movie Flopped
The actor would have looked "more like myself" in the scene.
It's fair to say that the recent adaptation of critically-acclaimed Stephen King novel 'IT' has become a major success in the box office. Taking in over $371 million in worldwide takings in just its second weekend, the film has managed to break all sorts of records and even outpace fellow genre newcomer 'mother!' from Darren Aronofsky this past weekend.
Bill Skarsgärd has been hailed as terrifying in the role of Pennywise
Telling the story of the city of Derry, Maine, which has been terrorised by an evil entity known as Pennywise the Clown for centuries, the movie follows a young group of outcasts who band together in a bid to tackle the evil just waiting for its opportunity to consume them all.
Continue reading: Bill Skarsgärd Reveals "Really Disturbing" Scene Was Cut From 'IT'
The World Clown Association believe the movie is affecting their business.
The re-boot adaptation of Stephen King's 'It' might be one of the most hugely anticipated movies of the year, but not everyone is happy about it. In particular, genuine clowns are worried that it's affecting their chances of getting hired for children's parties and other events
Bill Skarsgård stars as Pennywise in 'It'
Coulrophobia, the fear of clowns, ranks number 88 in the top 100 most common fears according to FearOf.net - and that's largely not helped by the fact that there are so many horror stories, books and films associated with murderous versions of these comedy performers. Now there are a lot of sad clowns in the entertainment business who just aren't getting the appreciation for their work.
Continue reading: Clowns Are Losing Work Because Of Stephen King's 'It'
The novel's author saw a cut of the film and loved each of the changes the movie's director had made.
Bringing in some brilliant early reviews, it looks like 'IT' is going to be one of the best-received Stephen King adaptations of all-time, and certainly of the past few years. After the horror that 'The Dark Tower' seemed to be with critics, the apparently fantastic representation of King's work couldn't have come at a better time.
Stephen King can't stop praising the new 'IT' movie
Based on the novel of the same name, 'IT' tells the story of a group of youngsters who live in Derry, Maine, where a slew of murders throughout history have been committed by a mysterious entity who takes the form of the villainous clown, Pennywise. Played by Bill Skarsgard in this adaptation, Pennywise first worked his way into the nightmares of viewers in a miniseries back in 1990, where Tim Curry took the reins. Now though he looks more frightening than ever before.
Continue reading: Stephen King Personally Approved 'IT' Movie Plot Changes
The film may not officially be out yet, but 'Part 2' is already being planned.
Scaring readers for decades now, Stephen King's critically-acclaimed horror novel 'IT' has come to life in a number of different ways, and will this week be released as a major motion picture in movie theatres across the globe.
Bill Skarsgard takes on the role of Pennywise in the new movie 'IT'
Tim Curry may have been the man to bring the terrifying entity that is Pennywise the Clown to life back in 1990 in a television adaptation, but an arguably scarier version is to come in 'IT' this week, as Bill Skarsgard dons the make-up and gets into character as the child-murdering demon.
Continue reading: 'IT' Director Gives Details On Planned Sequel
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