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The Stephen King Motion pictures That By no means Acquired Made – Den of Geek


The Talisman

There’s maybe no King title that has been trapped in improvement hell longer than his 1984 fantasy epic, The Talisman, co-written along with his good buddy and fellow esteemed horror writer, the late Peter Straub. Steven Spielberg’s firm, Amblin Leisure, bought the rights to the ebook many years in the past — basically proudly owning them eternally — with Spielberg planning to direct the movie. Since then, it’s gone by way of quite a few iterations, together with a characteristic movie, a six-hour TNT miniseries, a feature again, and at the moment, a Netflix limited series government produced by the Duffer brothers of Stranger Things fame.

The factor is, Spielberg way back deserted his plan to direct The Talisman, so whereas we hope it lastly makes it to the display screen, we now have to marvel simply what a Spielberg-directed movie of a Stephen King novel would have seemed like. The story actually hits all of The Beard’s candy spots — a younger protagonist, a coming-of-age story, a fantasy world, and a scary story that’s not outright horror — and we suspect he may need hit this one out of the park. Hopefully his continued steering on the mission will assist give it the difference followers have lengthy waited for.

The Eyes of the Dragon

Aimed toward youthful readers but in addition related to The Stand and his mammoth Darkish Tower collection of books, King’s solo fantasy novel The Eyes of the Dragon was deemed a “YA reply to Game of Thrones” by Deadline when a Hulu collection adaptation of the ebook was introduced in 2019. Seth Grahame-Smith — the writer of Satisfaction and Prejudice and Zombies whose title continuously will get hooked up to tasks that by no means appear to go anyplace — was even named showrunner.

Eyes was beforehand developed with no success as an animated characteristic and as a Syfy miniseries, and it sadly appears that the Hulu model has suffered the identical destiny. Grahame-Smith went on The Kingcast podcast to announce that the mission was now not transferring ahead attributable to funds and artistic issues. Whereas it was too early for different creatives and solid to come back on board, the Hulu adaptation represented the most effective probability but for a extra family-friendly King story to grace the display screen.

The Darkish Tower

Everyone knows what occurred in 2017 when a film called The Dark Tower, allegedly based mostly on and a sequel to King’s titanic eight-book fantasy/horror/sci-fi/Western cycle, debuted in theaters after years of stalled makes an attempt. The film bombed spectacularly with critics, diehard King followers, and normal audiences: other than being a disjointed, incoherent movie, King followers had been incensed with the best way Sony tried to boil down his magnum opus to a 90-minute movie, whereas wider audiences simply didn’t know what to make of it or didn’t care.

The film was the eventual results of years of improvement for the mission, which was initially in the hands of J.J. Abrams (circa 2007) earlier than being acquired by Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s Think about Leisure in 2010. Abrams envisioned a simple seven-film collection (the eighth ebook had not been revealed but), however he and his Unhealthy Robotic firm backed out of the enterprise by 2009.


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