“There was a stretch, in the late 1970s and early 1980s, when Stephen King’s novels were inspiring numerous horror and suspense-thriller films. King’s name, alone, got people into theaters for see adaptations of Carrie, The Shining, Cujo, Christine andFirestarter, to name just a few. The machine slowed down over the years, still producing gems — Misery in 1990, or The Shawshank Redemption in 1994 – but not churning out nearly the number of King-based films as those earliest days.
That doesn’t mean the author every stopped telling stories. Quite the opposite, in fact. So now that Hollywood is circling back around to the cinematic-worthy works of Stephen King, they are remembering just how many incredible tales the writer has in his chest, and new movies are hopping on our radars. Hulu, for example, rolled the dice on King’s JFK assassination thriller, 11.22.63. The author’s mesmerizing It is back in play, probably as a two-part thriller directed by Andy Muschietti (Mama). And Sony Pictures has greenlit the long-gestating adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower, a seven-book series that could produce as many films, or may venture off into television for a portion of its run. The first movie in the series has a director, a cast and a release date.
Why don’t we start there?
Sony Pictures has circled February 17, 2017 as the release date for The Dark Tower, the first chapter in what’s expected to be an ongoing saga. Normally, a February release would give us pause, as the first two months of the year have long been a dumping ground for features a studio didn’t have much faith in. Why, for example, would The Dark Tower not be a summer release, or programmed into a late-year awards-contender slot. However, recent hits such as Deadpool, Fifty Shades of Grey, Kingsman: The Secret Service and The LEGO Movie have shattered the notion that quality movies can’t make money in February, and so The Dark Tower will open opposite Fist Fight and Matt Damon’s The Great Wall…”