Amazing Stephen King stories that need to be made into movies
Please make these, the constant reader begs you.
We are living in a golden age of Stephen King adaptations. On the big screen, the likes of Mike Flanagan are bringing us intelligent, faithful adaptations of his work. The director's cut of Doctor Sleep is a masterpiece of bridging the literary and movie world of King.
UPDATE: While none of those on this list have been made into movies, we are getting a new Stephen King movie on Netflix based on one of his more recent short stories. Mr Harrigan's Phone is a cracking read, about a teenager who is seemingly able to communicate with the afterlife through his phone. The movie stars Donald Sutherland and directed by John Lee Hancock and will be on Netflix 5 October. It's also been reported that Paul Greengrass is ready and waiting to adapt King's latest book, Fairy Tale.
Hell, even on the small screen, there's fun to be had. The Outsider is solid, Mr Mercedes far better than we were expecting it to be. Sure, there are some duds, including the recent Firestarter and don't get us started on The Dark Tower but we are at a point with King adaptations that's nearly up there with Stand By Me, Misery and Shawshank.
But we are still thirsty for more. There are plenty of Stephen King stories out there which are ripe for an adaptation. From pure horror to sci-ft, by the way of the supernatural here are some of our favourite King stories that we would love to see on the big screen.
Tread carefully, constant reader - there are some spoilers within.
Stephen King stories that should be movies
Another ghost-centric story, given a bit of extra spooky oomph by virtue of being set in an old amusement park. A university student takes a job at the Joyland amusement park and is told by a fortune teller to expect two encounters with unusual children. Those encounters lead to a ghost in the haunted house and an unsolved mystery.
2. The Jaunt
If you have never read The Jaunt, stop what you are doing and get stuck in. It's King at his most terrifying, with a story that sends shivers down our spine as we are writing this. The Jaunt would be a tough one to adapt but we would love to see someone like Chris Nolan dare tackle the story set hundreds of years in the future where teleportation is real and it has a devastating effect on all that went through the trial of perfecting the technology.
3. The Girl Who Loved Tom GordonBuy now from Amazon
A story of a girl who becomes separated from her mother and brother during a hiking trip and is left alone in the forest waiting to be rescued. Aside from being just an against-the-clock thriller, it also has elements of fantasy as the little girl, Trisha, begins to imagine an evil wasp-faced being is hunting her down. Lynne Ramsey is said to be making a movie out of this one so we can't wait to see what she makes of it
4. The RegulatorsBuy now from Amazon
An kid with autism named Seth gains the power to control his hometown thanks to an entity called Tak, which has possessed him. Given Seth’s televisual obsessions, the town becomes a hybrid of old west pastiche and sci-fi monster playground. It’s a highly surreal story of a child’s strangest imaginings seeping into everyday life, but with all the opportunity for visual excess and unpredictable plotting that suggests. We would love to see an adaptation of this which takes into consideration Desperation, too, maybe with Tak skipping between the two interconnected tales
5. Blockade Billy
You don’t get a lot of sporting movies based on Stephen King books. Blockade Billy tells of an unpromising young baseball player who is called up by the New Jersey Titans in a moment of desperation and who turns out to be a phenomenal player. However, Blockade Billy, as the man becomes known, is not quite what he seems. This is one of King’s less fantastical novels and the right director could pull off both a great sporting underdog story and a psychological thriller.
6. The Long Walk
Like a less elaborate Hunger Games, The Long Walk sees one hundred boys participate in an event in which they must walk with a pace over 4mph, without rest or eating anything beyond basic rations. If they slow down they get a warning. If they get three warning’s they’re shot. They’ll keep walking until there is only one left, who will be given everything he wants for the rest of his life. Friendships and rivalries are formed as the walk progresses and rules are broken. Frank Darabont (The Walking Dead) owns the rights but hasn’t done anything with them.
Written with King’s son Joe Hill, author of the excellent Horns, Throttle is influenced by the Richard Matheson book Duel (which became an excellent movie by Steven Spielberg), but instead of a battle between a terrified motorcar driver and an unseen truck driver it’s a stand-off between an unseen truck driver and a group of motorcycle outlaws. Duel is a superb film that’s been seen by relatively few people, so ripping it off for an update isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
In The Tall Grass has been made into a Netflix movie and is from the same anthology, so here's hoping this one can see the light of day.
8. Bad Little Kid
And there was you thinking Pennywise, The Clown was terrifying - there's another ginger fiend in Stephen King's lore who is just as scary and that's Bad Little Kid. The story, from The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, is slight: George Hallas is in prison waiting to be executed for killing a little boy. While he has never talked about killing the kid, he decides to tell the tale. What ensues is a man pushed to do terrible things by a boy who seemingly never grows old.
9. Big Driver
From the Full Dark, No Stars collection, Big Driver tells of Tess, a mystery writer who suffers a flat tyre after driving over a plank studded with nails. She’s offered help by an apparently kindly truck driver, who quickly turns on Tess and rapes her and leaves her for dead. The part that would make it a cracking thriller is Tess’s decision not to go to the police but to take matters into her own hands, exacting revenge on her attacker and getting vengeance for all the other women he’s killed.
1922 has already been made into a movie from this anthology and this one is ripe for adaptation, too.
It's such a shame that the best King collaborator right now, Mike Flanagan, scrapped his Revival movie idea as we would have been in with a treat. In the book, we follow the story of Jamie Morton, from child to man who befriends a local pastor, Charles Jacobs. Tragedy besets the pastor and what ensues is a Frankenstein-like story that straddles the ideas of death, religion and redemption admirably. Given the ending is bleak (yep, even bleaker than The Mist), this would be one dark but brilliant tale
These are the best Stephen King adaptations