Upcoming Stephen King Movies, TV Miniseries And More

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There are certain authors that Hollywood just can't get enough of, and one of them is Stephen King. Sure, it helps that the guy is one of the most prolific writers of the last 50 years, constantly putting out novels, novellas and short stories, but the reality is that filmmakers never seem to tire of King's particular voice and storytelling. Between big and small screen adaptations, Hollywood has produced more than 90 King adaptations, and there are always more on the way..

Below we'll dive into all of the titles that are currently in the works – including movies, TV shows, miniseries, and more. Whether they're finished and about to come out, just starting out in development, or in a kind of "question mark" state, read on to learn about all of the Stephen King movies and TV projects that are currently in some stage of production. And don't forget to check out the best Stephen King movies ever made.

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Reggie Nalder in Salem's Lot

Salem’s Lot - Movie - Completed

Gary Dauberman, the writer of IT and It Chapter Two, will soon be responsible for yet another Stephen King adaptation when he directs the vampire thriller Salem’s Lot. Based on the 1975 novel of the same name, the upcoming horror movie will center on an author who returns to his hometown to write about an abandoned mansion only to discover that its new owner is up to something very strange. In August 2021, it was announced that Lewis Pullman (Bad Times At The El RoyaleTop Gun: Maverick) had come aboard to play Ben Mears, the story's central protagonist, and you can read about the rest of the ensemble in our updated Salem's Lot cast list. After originally being made for theaters, the movie will be released as Max exclusive in 2024.

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The Life Of Chuck - Movie - In Post-Production

If there is any modern filmmaker who has earned the unflinching trust of Stephen King fans, it's Mike Flanagan. The writer/director has an unblemished record when it comes to making adaptations, having made Gerald's Game and Doctor Sleep, and he is far from done. In May 2023, it was announced that he is now working on a feature film adaptation of "The Life Of Chuck," based on the novella featured in the 2020 collection If It Bleeds. The story unfolds in three specific but unique acts that play out in reverse chronological order and are all connected as parts of the titular life of the protagonist, Chuck. Tom Hiddleston and Mark Hamill are starring in Flanagan's "The Life of Chuck" movie, and production took place in Alabama in fall 2023.

Upcoming Stephen King In Production

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Welcome To Derry - Streaming Series - In Production

Andy Muschietti's IT and IT: Chapter Two may have covered the full story featured in Stephen King's IT, but the filmmaker isn't done telling stories set in the haunted Maine town of Derry. Along with his sister/producing partner Barbara Muschietti, and showrunners Jason Fuchs and Brad Caleb Kane, the director/producer is now developing Welcome To Derry: a new series for HBO Max. The show has already put together a talented cast, including The Stand's Jovan Adepo, Chris Chalk, James Remar, Taylour Page, Stephen Rider, and Madeleine Stowe.

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The Monkey - Movie - In Development

James Wan is one of the most popular names in modern horror, and after producing Gary Dauberman's Salem's Lot, he is now working on an adaptation of the short story "The Monkey." Included in the 1985 collection Skeleton Crew, the source material tells the tale of a protagonist who is haunted by a cursed cymbal-banging monkey toy that causes death when ever it turns on. Osgood Perkins is set to write the script and direct the film, and Theo James has come aboard to star.

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The Dark Tower - Movies/TV Show - In Development

Not only is Mike Flanagan working on The Life Of Chuck has a follow-up to Doctor Sleep, but he is now actively pursuing his dream project: a proper adaptation of Stephen King's Dark Tower series. It was announced in December 2022 that Flanagan has acquired the rights to the books, and it is specifically cut out of his on-going deal with Prime Video. The filmmaker has said that he is being patient with the development of the western/fantasy/sci-fi hybrid, waiting for his moment to ensure that Hollywood is ready for what he wants to execute.

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Fairy Tale - Movie - In Development

Hollywood hasn't wasted any time setting to work making an adaptation of Stephen King's novel Fairy Tale. The book was released in September 2022 and just a few days later it was announced that writer/director Paul Greengrass is in the process of turning the fantasy story into a feature film. The project is set up at Universal Pictures, and will follow protagonist Charlie Reade as he travels to an alternate world in hopes of saving the life of his old dog, Radar.

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The Regulators - Movie - In Development

It was announced in August 2022 that screenwriter George Cowan and Bohemia Group are teaming to develop a feature film version of The Regulators, a book that Stephen King wrote under his pen name (Richard Bachman) and was created as a sister novel to Desperation (which was released on the same day as The Regulators and adapted as a TV movie back in 2006). The story centers on a small neighborhood in Ohio where characters are terrorized by cowboy/space cop monsters that are conjured after an autistic boy is possessed by an evil demon. 

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Billy Summers - TV Miniseries - In Development

J.J. Abrams clearly has a passion for the work of Stephen King, as he's not satisfied having produced 11.22.63, Castle Rock, and Lisey's Story. Via his Bad Robot banner, Abrams is now developing a miniseries based on the 2021 novel Billy Summers. The book is about a hitman who aims to end his deadly career after one last job, and Ed Zwick (Glory, Last Of The Mohicans) is attached to direct all of the episodes. The potential show does not yet have a distributor involved, but as of February 2022 it is being shopped around.

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Later - TV Miniseries - In Development

Blumhouse has started its own era of Stephen King adaptations, and that's happening on both the big screen and the small. In January 2022 it was announced that Blumhouse Television is now developing a miniseries based on the 2021 novel Later – which tells the story of a single mom and her son, who has the ability to communicate with the dead. Lucy Liu is attached to star, and Raelle Tucker (Supernatural, True Blood, and Marvel's Jessica Jones) is writing the pilot.

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Christine - Movie - In Development

John Carpenter's adaptation of Christine is well-regarded as one of the greatest Stephen King adaptations ever made – but it is a movie that is now nearly 40 years old and deviates a fair amount from the source material, so it practically feels like a remake was inevitable. The project was first announced in June 2021 and will be made by Blumhouse Productions and Sony Pictures. Jason Blum is producing along with King veteran Vincenzo Natali (In The Tall Grass, The Stand), and Bryan Fuller is penning the screenplay with plans to direct the film himself.

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The Talisman - Series - In Development

The Stephen King and Peter Straub novel The Talisman, a fantasy about a 12-year-old boy's epic journey to save his mother, has long been one of the adaptations that fans want to see most but remains one that can’t seem to get made. In the past two years there have been two movie versions that didn't get off the ground – one from The Stand's Josh Boone, and the other from Outlander and The Handmaid’s Tale director Mike Barker. As of March 2021, however, the project has changed course, and it is now being developed as a series for Netflix. Steven Spielberg and Stranger Things creators Matt and Ross Duffer are producing, while Stranger Things writer/producer Curtis Gwinn will serve as showrunner.

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Elevation - Movie - In Development

In 2018, Stephen King added to the large canon of stories set in the mysterious town of Castle Rock, Maine, and three years later that story – titled Elevation – is, as of February 2021, in the works to be come a movie thanks to the efforts of writer/director Jack Bender – whose previous credits include Mr. Mercedes, Under The Dome, The Outsider, and the upcoming miniseries version of The Institute (more on that below). A sad and beautiful tale, the book is about Scott Carey, a heavy 40-something who one day discovers that he is quickly losing weight... but the catch is that his physical appearance remains unchanged, and the scales are unaffected by anything he has on his person.

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The Jaunt - Series - In Development

In the short story "The Jaunt," first published in 1981 and included in the collection Skeleton Crew, Stephen King sets up what is a very science-fiction-heavy concept that he merges with some extreme horror. The tale is set in a future where teleportation has become a technology that is used in everyday society, but there's a catch: if you're not properly sedated before making a trip, you risk going utterly insane. It's definitely not one of King's epics in terms of scope, but Fear The Walking Dead co-creator Dave Erikson sees enough potential in it to create a series. In February 2021 it was reported by Deadline that he has signed a deal with MRC Television that will see him turn The Jaunt into a TV series.

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The Running Man - Movie - In Development

The Running Man, which Stephen King originally published under the pen name Richard Bachman, was previously adapted in 1987 by director Paul Michael Glaser, but the film notably transformed the story from a dystopian thriller into an Arnold Schwarzenegger action movie (albeit a great one). As a result, it's terribly exciting that filmmaker Edgar Wright announced in February 2021 that he is now developing a new adaptation that is more faithful to the source material. Michael Bacall, who previously collaborated with Wright on Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, has been hired to write the script.

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The Ten O'Clock People - Series - In Development

In February 2021, it was announced that producer Henrik Bastin, best known for the long-running Amazon Prime series Bosch, has started his own production company, and one of the first projects that is being developed is an adaptation of Stephen King's The Ten O'Clock People for the small screen. Published in the collection Nightmares & Dreamscapes, the story centers on a smoker named Pearson who, during his 10am smoke break, makes the horrifying discovery that every authority figure in the world is actually a horrific bat monster in disguise – eventually learning that it's the chemical imbalance created by the crave for nicotine that allows him to see their true forms.

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The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon - Movie - In Development

Stephen King’s 1999 novella The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon will soon get the big-screen treatment. In May 2020, Village Roadshow secured the rights of the novella about a preteen girl lost in the Appalachian Trail who fantasizes about a certain Boston Red Sox pitcher, and in November 2020 it was confirmed that Lynn Ramsay will be directing the project. It's unclear when the project will start production.

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Revelations - TV Series - In Development

The CW is reportedly in the early stages of developing Revelations, a new series based on The Revelations of ‘Becka Paulson. It was reported in July 2020 that the show is being set up as a one-hour drama and follow a protagonist who starts speaking with Jesus after accidentally shooting herself with a nail gun. The story was previously adapted as an episode of The Outer Limits in the 1990s, and starred Catherine O'Hara and Steven Weber.

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Throttle - Movie - In Development

With a title like Throttle, you might think that one of the most recently announced Stephen King adaptations would be a new version of Maximum Overdrive, but instead of possessed electronics, this HBO Max original film will focus on a biker gang taking on a maniacal tractor-trailer driver on the open highway. Throttle will very much be a father and son story, but with a lot of action. News of its development was first reported in May 2020.

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Overlook - TV Miniseries - In Development

Following the release of the terrifying Doctor Sleep in 2019, Stephen’s King’s The Shining has become a hot property once again, and J.J. Abrams is making the most of it with the announced Overlook series. The upcoming 10-episode series will focus on the characters and famous haunted hotel featured in King’s 1977 novel and the 1980 film adaptation, though while it was originally set up as an HBO Max original, it is now searching for a new home.

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Carrie - TV Miniseries - In Development

Stephen King’s classic 1974 novel Carrie is getting yet another adaptation, but this will be the first time it will be on television, and with some major changes. According to the original report, this version will differ from the source material and previous adaptations by featuring the trouble teenager played by a trans performer or actress of color. The project was revealed to be in development in December 2019, but it has not been revealed since who is involved in making the miniseries

Timothy Hutton and Amy Madigan in The Dark Half

The Dark Half - Movie - In Development

The Stephen King 1989 novel The Dark Half was previously adapted by the late George A. Romero, but it appears Alex Ross Perry (Her Smell) will be taking a shot at remaking it. The news was first announced by Deadline in December 2019, and the film will tell the story of a writer who makes the decision to retire the pen name he uses to write ultra violent novels... only to see his non-existent alter ego become real and take revenge.

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The Institute - TV Miniseries - In Development

While the world is still waiting to learn of the fate of the Audience series Mr. Mercedes, the creative team behind the show — David E. Kelley and Jack Bender — are working on another Stephen King property. This time around, they are adapting King’s 2019 novel The Institute, which follows a young boy taken to a compound housing other kids with powers that are used by governments for their own gain. The show was first announced by Deadline in September 2019, but there haven’t been any concrete details since then.

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Rest Stop - Movie - In Development

Stephen King just loves to write about writers, and the short story Rest Stop from the collection Just After Sunset features an interesting one – namely a meek mystery author who finds himself channeling the spirit of his pen name to interfere in a case of domestic abuse. A movie adaptation is in now in the works, as it was reported in April 2019 that writer/director Alex Ross Perry (yes, the same guy mentioned above working on a new The Dark Half) is at the helm.

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Sleeping Beauties - TV Miniseries - In Development

One of Stephen King’s more recent novels, Sleeping Beauties, which he co-wrote with his son Owen King, will be another television adaptation that fans of the prolific writer can hopefully look forward to in the coming years. In April 2019, EW reported that AMC ordered a pilot script based on the novel about a world where women are vanishing into mysterious cocoons and the men who aren’t all that equipped to handle the situation.

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Mile 81 - Movie - In Development

Allistair Legrand looks to continue the tradition of great movies based on Stephen King novellas directing the horror-thriller Mile 81, based on King’s 2011 story that is collected in The Bazaar Of Bad Dreams. The story centers around a small group of strangers who try to survive an attack by a mysterious force at a boarded-up rest stop. The project was first announced by Deadline in February 2019, but nothing has come of it since.

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Joyland - TV Miniseries - In Development

And then there is Joyland, Stephen King’s 2013 horror novel that was first announced to be adapted for Freeform back in October 2018. According to Deadline, the cable channel ordered a pilot script based on the story of a college student taking what appears to be a normal summer job at an amusement park only to find that the park and the town in which it was built hold dark secrets. Since the announcement nearly two years ago, however, there haven’t been any additional details about the show.

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The Tommyknockers - Movie - In Development

While focus has moved to Salem's Lot and The Monkey, one James Wan-produced Stephen King adaptation we're not totally ready to forget about is his developing movie version of The Tommyknockers, based on the author's 1987 novel. Set in Maine, this actually leans more toward science-fiction than horror, as it centers on a small neighborhood that is slowly preyed upon by a mysterious extraterrestrial object in the woods. Sadly, there haven’t been any updates since Variety first reported on the feature project back in 2018.

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The Gingerbread Girl - Movie- In Development

Director Craig R. Baxley has collaborated with Stephen King on multiple projects in the past, including Kingdom Hospital, Storm Of The Century, and Rose Red, and should everything to to plan they will soon have the opportunity to work together on another adaptation. This time around they have their eyes set on making a movie out of The Gingerbread Girl, which is a story collected in Just After Sunset. The story centers on a young woman who begins running as a way of exercising her grief after her baby suffers a crib death, and while out on a run one day becomes entangled with a nasty man named Jim Pickering. As reported by Deadline back in March 2018, Baxley will direct from a script he is co-writing with King.

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Suffer The Little Children - Movie - Question Mark

Stephen King clearly has a few of his epics in the works, but Suffer The Little Children is based on one of his shorts from Nightmares & Dreamscapes. Altered fit feature length, the story will follow Miss Emily Sidley, a divorced first grade teacher. She begins to notice that her students are acting a bit strange, and eventually it's revealed that they are not really her students at all, but instead alien creatures that are inhabiting her students' bodies. Per a September 2017 project announcement, the movie is being made by writer/director Sean Carter, but we have not heard any updates about the project since then.

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Rose Madder - Movie - Question Mark

Domestic violence is understandably a common element in a lot of Stephen King's work, and in his 1995 novel Rose Madder it is put front and center. An abused woman named Rose realizes that she can't continue her life with her husband, and makes the decision to run away. This is an action fraught with consequences, the biggest being the fact that her vindictive husband chases after her, but it also presents many new opportunities, as well as a strange discovery of what seems to be a magical painting. The film adaptation of this book was announced in Summer 2017, with The Debt helmer Assaf Bernstein attached to direct, but since then we haven't heard any updates about its development.

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Drunken Fireworks - Movie - Question Mark

Drunken Fireworks is a unique short story in Stephen King's repertoire, if not just because it actually debuted first as an audiobook. It's been published since, in The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, but now it's ready to make another medium change. Set to star and possibly be directed by James Franco, the story is about two neighbors in Maine separated by a lake, but connected by a desire for competition. Each year during the Fourth of July, they both strive to put on the most incredible fireworks display possible. The adaptation was first announced in June 2016, but it doesn't seem to have made any progress since then.

That finishes the list of Stephen King adaptations that have been announced as in the works in recent years, but it's hardly a fixed thing. We'll continue to update this feature as more projects are announced and move through the various stages of production, so stay tuned!

Eric Eisenberg
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Eric Eisenberg is the Assistant Managing Editor at CinemaBlend. After graduating Boston University and earning a bachelor’s degree in journalism, he took a part-time job as a staff writer for CinemaBlend, and after six months was offered the opportunity to move to Los Angeles and take on a newly created West Coast Editor position. Over a decade later, he's continuing to advance his interests and expertise. In addition to conducting filmmaker interviews and contributing to the news and feature content of the site, Eric also oversees the Movie Reviews section, writes the the weekend box office report (published Sundays), and is the site's resident Stephen King expert. He has two King-related columns.