THE IT FAC­TORY

The huge suc­cess of It has in­spired a full-on Stephen King resur­gence. Here’s what’s on the hori­zon

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CAS­TLE ROCK

Take a va­ri­ety of char­ac­ters from the King ‘uni­verse’ and mix them to­gether in one pres­tige, psy­chohor­ror TV show. Sissy Spacek, Scott Glenn and Bill Skars­gård (aka Pen­ny­wise) all star.

IT: CHAP­TER TWO

It di­rec­tor Andy Muschi­etti is re­turn­ing to Derry to adapt the other half of King’s colos­sal novel, which fo­cuses on The Losers’ Club once they’re all grown up, in 2019.

PET SEMATARY

This long-in-devel­op­ment-hell ‘re­make’ of the King favourite about the grave dan­gers of bring­ing back the dead re­cently got res­ur­rected by Para­mount. Kevin Kolsch and Den­nis Wid­myer (Starry Eyes) are on board as di­rec­tors.

RE­VIVAL

King’s 2014 novel about a Dr Franken­stein-like faith healer is in devel­op­ment at Michael De Luca Pro­duc­tions with Josh Boone (The New Mu­tants) as di­rec­tor.

THE TALISMAN

Ar­guably the best-loved King novel to re­main un­adapted (though co-writ­ten with Peter Straub), this par­al­lel-world-hop­ping quest is be­ing pro­duced by Frank Mar­shall for Am­blin En­ter­tain­ment.

DOC­TOR SLEEP

The se­quel to The Shin­ing, pick­ing up with

Danny Tor­rance 30-odd years af­ter his stay at

The Over­look Ho­tel, is be­ing adapted by Akiva Golds­man (Bat­man & Robin, A Beau­ti­ful Mind), with King him­self in an ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer role.

FIRESTARTER

Another new take on a pre­vi­ously adapted novel (Drew Bar­ry­more star­ring in 1984). Jason Blum, the pro­ducer be­hind Get Out and Split, is driv­ing it for­ward, with Akiva Golds­man (him again) di­rect­ing.

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