Stephen King has always been a hot commodity in Hollywood. We've been seeing his books and stories adapted into films and TV shows since the 70s. But, with IT exploding at the box office, he's probably more popular now than ever.
Deadline reports that a new King project is being adapted into a feature film. It's based on a supernatural short story called Suffer the Little Children and it's being adapted by writer and director Sean Carter. This story was published in King’s Nightmares & Dreamscapes and this is what it's about:
Suffer the Little Children is a supernatural thriller that centers on a recently divorced first-grade schoolteacher who notices some “unsettling” traits in the children in her class: flashes of a bizarre texture lurking underneath their skin and a chilling, conspiratorial secrecy to the way they play together. And now, people in her new town are dying mysteriously. Is this all just paranoia, or is something more disturbing happening to the children in this town?
Nightmares & Dreamscapes is one of the few books that King has written that I haven't read. This sounds like it will make for a great movie. I think I'm finally going to have to buckle down and at least read this story before the movie comes out because it sounds intriguing.
Carter just completed his first feature film, which is a horror-thriller called Keep Watching. The film stars Bella Thorne, Natalie Martinez, Ioan Gruffudd and Chandler Riggs. Carter had this to say in a statement:
“The Stephen King aesthetic has been imprinted into my psyche since I was a teenager, and Suffer the Little Children fits right into that classic King paradigm: a tragically flawed lead character put into a shockingly unimaginable scenario. It’s a tiny peek into a mythology that I can’t wait to expand into a full-length movie.”
With IT being as successful as it is, you can expect to see even more Stephen King stories get the big screen treatment.