Stephen King is likely one of the most tailored authors ever, and here is a set of the opinions he is provided about these numerous films and TV reveals. When somebody writes as a lot as King, and has as excessive successful fee as he does, it is no marvel that Hollywood is at all times completely satisfied to battle over the rights to his newest novel or brief story. Whereas a large chunk of his catalog nonetheless has but to be tailored, it appears like nearly every little thing will hit the display screen finally.

Even when they do not, the newer pattern is for King’s books to get tailored greater than as soon as, in some instances for the third time. Carrie is probably the most notable instance, having turn into a film in 1976, a TV film in 2002, and a theatrical remake in 2013. That’s to say, even when King retires from writing — assuming he ever does — the onslaught of King variations is unlikely to stop. Then once more, new King materials might by no means cease popping out both manner, because it appears proper up his alley to have dozens of tales in reserve for publication from past the grave.


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For probably the most half, King has a reasonably laid-back angle concerning the variations of his work. In any case, his books are nonetheless accessible to learn, even when the film finally ends up being horrible. However that does not imply he would not often let free on one he notably hates, or cease to reward one he discovered pleasurable. This is what Stephen King thinks of each adaptation of his work to date.

Carrie (1976)

Carrie was King’s first novel, and naturally, his first hit film adaptation. King, like most, is an enormous fan of Brian De Palma’s film, saying in a 1978 interview with Cinefantastique that he “preferred De Palma’s movie of Carrie fairly a bit.” He did say in a 2010 interview with Florida Weekly that he now discovered the movie a bit dated. This is his full quote from the previous chat:

I preferred De Palma’s movie of Carrie fairly a bit. The angle of the movie was totally different from my e-book; I tended to view the occasions straight-on, humorlessly, in a straight point-to-point development (it’s a must to keep in mind that the genesis of Carrie was not more than a brief story thought), whereas I feel De Palma noticed an opportunity to make a film that was a satirical view of highschool life basically and highschool peer-groups specifically. A wonderfully viable standpoint. Sissy Spacek was glorious, however proper behind her—in a smaller half than it ought to have been was John Travolta. He performed the a part of Billy Nolan the way in which I want I’d written it, half-funny and half-crazy. Additionally, within the e-book, Carrie destroyed your entire city on the way in which house; that didn’t occur within the film, largely as a result of the price range was too small. I want they may have had that, however in any other case, I don’t have any actual quibbles. I feel that De Palma is a worthy pretender to Hitchcock’s throne . . .definitely he’s as peculiar as Hitchcock.

Salem’s Lot (1979)


Salem’s Lot was the primary King e-book to turn into a TV miniseries, and stays a cultural touchstone for a lot of vampire followers. King by no means mentioned this system at a lot size, however upon director Tobe Hooper’s dying in 2017 tweeted: “Sorry to listen to Tobe Hooper handed. He did a terrific job directing the ‘Salem’s Lot miniseries, again within the day. He might be missed.”

The Shining (1980)

Of all King’s opinions on the variations of his work, his adverse emotions on The Shining are probably the most well-known. Though, he did say that Mike Flanagan’s Physician Sleep helped him come to understand Stanley Kubrick’s movie a tad extra. This is King’s quotes on The Shining from a 2016 interview with Deadline:

I feel The Shining is an attractive movie and it seems terrific and as I’ve stated earlier than, it’s like an enormous, stunning Cadillac with no engine inside it. In that sense, when it opened, a variety of the evaluations weren’t very favorable and I used to be a type of reviewers. I stored my mouth shut on the time, however I didn’t take care of it a lot. The character of Jack Torrance has no arc in that film. Completely no arc in any respect. After we first see Jack Nicholson, he’s within the workplace of Mr. Ullman, the supervisor of the resort, and you realize, then, he’s loopy as a shit home rat. All he does is get crazier. Within the e-book, he’s a man who’s struggling together with his sanity and eventually loses it. To me, that’s a tragedy. Within the film, there’s no tragedy as a result of there’s no actual change. The opposite actual distinction is on the finish of my e-book the resort blows up, and on the finish of Kubrick’s film the resort freezes. That’s a distinction. However I met Kubrick and there’s no query he’s a terrifically good man. He’s made among the films that imply quite a bit to me, Dr. Strangelove, for one and Paths of Glory, for an additional. I feel he did some terrific issues however, boy, he was a extremely insular man. Within the sense that whenever you met him, and whenever you talked to him, he was capable of work together in a wonderfully regular manner however you by no means felt like he was all the way in which there. He was inside himself.

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Cujo (1983)

Cujo from Cujo

Famously, King was so drunk and excessive in the course of the early Eighties that he cannot keep in mind writing Cujo. Whereas he hasn’t mentioned the movie model at size, he did say within the aforementioned Deadline piece that he considers it the most effective of “the smaller photos,” that means variations made on a budget.

Kids of the Corn (1984)

1984’s first entry in what would turn into an inexplicably large franchise is one other title King hasn’t mentioned in nice element, however in that very same Deadline interview, he touched on the movie briefly: “I might do with out all the Kids of the Corn sequels. I truly like the unique fairly nicely.

Firestarter (1984)

Drew Barrymore in Stephen King's Firestarter.

In a 1986 interview with American Movie journal, King made it fairly clear how a lot he is not a fan of Firestarter‘s film adaptation, and he did it slightly bluntly. This is his full quote:

Firestarter is likely one of the worst of the bunch, though when it comes to story it is very near the unique. However it’s flavorless; it is like cafeteria mashed potatoes. There are issues that occur when it comes to particular results in that film that make no sense to me in any respect. Why this child’s hair blows each time she begins fires is completely past my understanding. I by no means acquired a passable reply once I noticed the tough lower. By that point, Dino [De Laurentis] was repeatedly asking me for enter. Typically he’d take it. In that case…

The film has nice actors, aside from the lead, David Keith, who I did not really feel was excellent — my spouse stated that he has silly eyes. The actors had been allowed to do just about what they wished to. Martin Sheen, who is a good actor, with no course and no one to inform him — and I imply there should have been actually no course — with no one to drag him in and say, “Cease what you are doing,” he merely reprised Greg Stillson [in The Dead Zone]. That is all there may be; it is the identical character precisely. However Greg Stillson shouldn’t be accountable for The Store [secret government organization in Firestarter]. He isn’t the form of man who will get that job.

Most Overdrive (1986)

Maximum Overdrive Trailer Stephen King

Most Overdrive was Stephen King’s infamously dangerous debut – and finale – as a movie director, however it’s earned a cult following as a “so dangerous its good” little bit of tacky enjoyable. As a part of the 2003 e-book Hollywood’s Stephen King, King stated of Most Overdrive: “The issue with that movie is that I used to be coked out of my thoughts all by its manufacturing, and I didn’t know what I used to be doing.

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Stand by Me (1986)

Stephen King and Stand by Me

This King opinion is second-hand, however he is since stated related issues himself. In accordance with director Rob Reiner, King was so touched by Stand by Me that after a personal screening, he went to Reiner and stated (in line with the Chicago Tribune) “That is the most effective movie ever made out of something I’ve written, which is not saying a lot. However you have actually captured my story. It’s autobiographical. All that was made up was the system of the hunt for the physique.

The Working Man (1987)

Stephen King and The Running Man Movie

Whereas it has a large following, King is not a fan of The Working Man film, not appreciating how a lot it deviated from his story, and disapproving of the casting of Arnold Schwarzenegger within the lead. He even went so far as barring his identify from the advertising. King as soon as instructed Cinemafantastique (by way of We Minored in Movie): “It was completely out of my fingers. I didn’t have something to do with the making [of the movie]…it doesn’t have a lot in widespread with the novel in any respect, besides the title.

Pet Sematary (1989)

King would not typically touch upon the variations he is immediately concerned with, which is sensible to an extent. He has said some slightly combined opinions on Pet Sematary although, regardless of writing the screenplay. He instructed the next to Cinefantastique in 1991:

I feel Dale Midkiff is stiff in locations. I feel Denise Crosby comes throughout chilly in locations. I don’t really feel that the couple that’s on the heart of the story has the form of heat that might set them off completely towards the supernatural component that surrounds them. I like that distinction higher. I feel it does what horror films are imagined to do. It’s an outlaw style. It’s an outlaw image. Loads of the evaluations have advised very strongly that individuals are offended by the image, and that’s precisely the impact that the horror film seeks.

Graveyard Shift (1990)

Graveyard Shift is one other King hasn’t dissected in depth, however in that very same Deadline interview from earlier, he introduced it up when requested about his least favourite variations, saying the next: “Ought to I even say that? I assume there are a selection of images that I really feel like, a little bit bit like, yuck. There’s one, Graveyard Shift, that was made within the eighties. Simply form of a fast exploitation image.

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Distress (1990)

Kathy Bates as Annie Wilkes in Misery

Contemplating how a lot he liked Stand by Me, the truth that King is a fan of Rob Reiner’s Distress is not too stunning. In a 2014 interview with Rolling Stone, he referred to as Distress a “nice movie,” and within the 2009 e-book Stephen King Goes to the Motion pictures, he cites Distress as one in every of his high 10 variations.

IT (1990)

Tim Curry as Pennywise in IT Miniseries

Regardless of all of the success had by the latest IT films, those that grew up with Tim Curry’s 1990 miniseries model are unlikely to desert it as a favourite. In a 2015 interview with Yahoo, King concurred with that sentiment:

“It’s important to keep in mind, my expectations had been within the basement. Right here was a e-book that sprawled over 1,000 pages, they usually had been going to cram it into 4 hours, with commercials. However the sequence actually shocked me by how good it was. It’s a extremely bold adaptation of a extremely lengthy e-book. The child actors had been good, and the grownup actors had been terrific. There’s an earlier technology who keep in mind watching Salem’s Lot on TV, after which there are the children who keep in mind seeing It. Get ‘em whereas they’re younger, that’s my motto.”

The Lawnmower Man (1992)

King hasn’t talked about The Lawnmower Man a lot publicly, however contemplating the truth that he filed a lawsuit towards the filmmakers to have his identify faraway from the advertising, it is apparent how he feels concerning the completed product. The movie bears nearly no resemblance in any respect to its “supply materials.”

Needful Issues (1993)

Ed Harris in Needful Things

In a 2007 interview with devoted King fan-site Lilja’s Library, the creator cited the Needful Issues adaptation as a “disappointment” to him. Within the e-book Hollywood’s Stephen King, he expounded as to why he feels that manner: “The film was a particular case. The primary lower was proven on TNT. I’ve a replica of it, and the size of this movie was 4 hours lengthy. As a four-hour miniseries, it really works. When edited all the way down to ‘film size’, it’s nearly indecipherable as a result of it doesn’t have time to inform all of the tales and do all of the setups.

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The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

Unsurprisingly, contemplating many would name it the best movie ever made, King has a number of love for The Shawshank Redemption, one other he places in his high 10 variations listing. He stated the next to Deadline: “I like The Shawshank Redemption and I’ve at all times loved working with Frank [Darabont].”

The Mangler (1995)

Of all of the variations for King to have weighed in on at size, The Mangler looks as if an odd alternative, however the creator slammed it fairly verbosely within the aforementioned e-book Stephen King Goes to the Motion pictures:

Tobe Hooper, who directed it, is one thing of a genius…The Texas Chain Noticed Bloodbath proves that past doubt. However when genius goes incorrect, brother, be careful. The movie model of ‘The Mangler’ is energetic and colourful, however it’s additionally a large number with Robert (Freddy Krueger) Englund stalking by it for causes which stay unclear to me even now. … The film’s visuals are surreal and the units are eye-popping, however someplace alongside the way in which (perhaps within the copious quantities of steam generated by the movie’s mechanical star), the story acquired misplaced.

Dolores Claiborne (1995)

King hasn’t provided prolonged ideas on Dolores Claiborne, however he has praised leads Kathy Bates and Jennifer Jason Leigh, and it is one other movie to make King’s high 10 variations listing.

Apt Pupil (1998)

Kurt Dussander in Apt Pupil

Apt Pupil, Bryan Singer’s tackle King’s story of a manipulative teenager and his reluctant Nazi good friend is one other King hasn’t touched on a lot, however it too seems on his t0p 10 variations listing.

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The Inexperienced Mile (1999)

The Green Mile Paul Edgecomb John Coffey

The second profitable collaboration of King’s story with Frank Darabont directing, The Inexperienced Mile is a movie most King followers love, and the creator is not any totally different. In Hollywood’s Stephen King, he stated:

I must say that I used to be delighted with The Inexperienced Mile. The movie is a little bit “gentle” in some methods. I wish to joke with Frank that his film was actually the primary R-rated Hallmark Corridor of Fame manufacturing. For a narrative that’s set on dying row, it has a extremely feel-good, praise-the-human situation sentiment to it. I definitely don’t have an issue with that as a result of I’m a sentimentalist at coronary heart.

Dreamcatcher (2003)

Dreamcatcher - Jonesy and Mr. Gray

King hasn’t had a lot to say concerning the film adaptation of Dreamcatcher, a e-book nearly nobody likes that King wrote whereas he was excessive on painkillers after being hit by a van, however what he has stated speaks volumes. In a 2007 interview with Time Journal, King referred to as the movie a “prepare wreck.”

1408 (2007)

1408, King’s haunted story a few man trapped inside an evil, sentient resort room, was praised by the creator across the time of its launch, and later included in his listing of high 10 variations. Chatting with The New York Put up, King referred to as 1408 one of many few films based mostly on his work that meet his requirements.

The Mist (2007)

The Mist Movie Spike TV Series

Frank Darabont is three-for-three in terms of directing King variations the creator loves, with King saying in a 2007 press convention selling The Mist: “Frank wrote a brand new ending that I liked. It’s the most stunning ending ever and there must be a regulation handed stating that anyone who reveals the final 5 minutes of this movie must be hung from their neck till lifeless.

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Below the Dome (2013-2015)

Under the Dome Season 3 Art

Below the Dome acquired the gorgeous uncommon King reversal after the actual fact, as he talked it up throughout its run on TV — and even wrote and cameoed in an episode — however in 2019 modified his tune by tweeting out a suggestion that Netflix adapt Below the Dome once more, and this time truly comply with the e-book. Ouch.

11.22.63 (2016)

Critics and audiences each typically liked Hulu’s eight-episode restricted sequence adaptation of 11.22.63, and King himself was no totally different. He was truly instrumental in getting producer J.J. Abrams on board to information the mission, and instructed The Each day Beast in 2016: “He likes these off-the-wall tales. I feel it’s a reasonably good match for J.J., I actually do. He put collectively a hell of a crew and I’m very happy with the outcome.

The Darkish Tower (2017)

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Whereas King praised The Darkish Tower film previous to launch, he later admitted it did not fairly work throughout an interview with Vulture, explaining:

The most important problem was to do a movie based mostly on a sequence of books that’s actually lengthy, about 3,000 pages. The opposite a part of it was the choice to do a PG-13 function adaptation of books which can be extraordinarily violent and cope with violent conduct in a reasonably graphic manner. That was one thing that needed to be overcome, though I’ve gotta say, I believed [screenwriter] Akiva Goldsman did a terrific job in taking a central a part of the e-book and turning it into what I believed was a reasonably good film.

IT (2017)

Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise the Dancing Clown in It

So, what did Stephen King consider the brand new IT? Simply previous to the discharge of IT, King provided effusive reward for the movie, and he is stated nothing to backtrack on that since. As relayed to Bloody Disgusting:

I had hopes, however I used to be not ready for a way good it actually was. It’s one thing that’s totally different, and on the identical time, it’s one thing that audiences are gonna relate to. They’re gonna just like the characters. To me, it’s all about character. When you just like the characters… when you care… the scares typically work. I’m certain my followers will benefit from the film. I feel they’re gonna actually benefit from the film. And I feel a few of them will return two or 3 times and truly savor the factor. I went again and noticed it a second time, and I felt I used to be seeing issues the second time by that I missed the primary time.

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Gerald’s Sport (2017)

For many years, most regarded King’s very insular novel Gerald’s Sport to be unfilmable, however then director Mike Flanagan got here alongside and did simply that, to widespread reward. King felt the identical manner, saying the next to Vulture:

I had casting approval and I accepted them instantly. I knew their work, in fact. Bruce Greenwood had labored for some time on [the King-penned musical] Ghost Brothers of Darkland County and I’m simply sorry he didn’t get to sing in Gerald’s Sport, as a result of he has a terrific singing voice. It was a no brainer for me. The script broke the e-book open to get to the inside a part of the story in a manner that I believed was terrific.

1922 (2017)

1922 was the second King adaptation to hit Netflix in 2017, and the creator additionally had loads of kudos to supply up. In that very same Vulture interview, he stated of the Thomas Jane car:

With 1922, was I a little bit shocked that any person wished to make it? I used to be, and I used to be additionally happy by the problem of it and anxious to see what would come out. And you realize, what 1922 jogged my memory of was a movie referred to as There Will Be Blood. It has the identical form of flat, dead-eyed, have an effect on to it, so it made for a extremely good suspense image, and it’s a film that received’t depart my thoughts. It has this type of toxic impact, it simply type of sticks there as a result of among the photos are so good.

The Mist (2017)

The Mist wasn’t very similar to King’s beloved novella, fully abandoning his Lovecraftian monsters. But, he did not hesitate to advertise its arrival with a suggestion, tweeting: “THE MIST TV sequence premieres on Spike, June twenty second. You may wish to mark it in your calendar. It’s actually good.”

Pet Sematary (2019)

Jason Clarke As Louis Creed in Pet Sematary 2019

Whereas the response to it from King diehards was combined, the creator himself fairly preferred the 2019 remake of Pet Sematary, calling it an ideal movie. He additionally immediately addressed the remake’s controversial lifeless baby change throughout an interview with EW:

It’s one thing totally different,” King says. “They did a superb job. Boy, I noticed all of the stuff that got here on-line when individuals realized that it was Ellie slightly than Gage that acquired run over within the street, and I’m considering like, ‘Man, these individuals…’ It’s so nuts. You’ll be able to take Route 301 and go to Tampa, or you might take Route 17 and go to Tampa. However each instances, you’re gonna come out at Tampa!” he stated with fun. “You understand what I’m saying? It didn’t change something for me. I believed, ‘Okay, I perceive why they did it, as a result of it’s perhaps simpler to work with a zombie when she’s a little bit lady than a toddler.”

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IT Chapter Two (2019)

Bill Skarsgard in It Chapter Two

Simply as with IT, King closely praised IT Chapter Two previous to launch, and he additionally immediately addressed the massive twist involving Richie being revealed as homosexual and harboring unrequited love for Eddie. “No, I by no means did. However once more, it’s a type of issues that’s form of genius, as a result of it echoes the start. It comes full circle.

Physician Sleep (2019)

Doctor Sleep Director's Cut Blu-Ray Cover Crop

As talked about above, Stephen King liked the Physician Sleep film a lot that it is softened his infamously harsh opinion of The Shining. This is his full quote on the matter, given to EW:

I learn the script to this one very, very fastidiously,. As a result of clearly I wished to do a superb job with the sequel, as a result of individuals knew the e-book The Shining, and I believed, I don’t wish to screw this up. Mike Flanagan, I’ve loved all his films, and I’ve labored with him earlier than on Gerald’s Sport. So, I learn the script very, very fastidiously and I stated to myself, ‘All the things that I ever disliked concerning the Kubrick model of The Shining is redeemed for me right here.

I don’t wish to get into an enormous argument about how nice the Shining movie is that Kubrick did or my emotions about it. All I can say is, Mike took my materials, he created a terrific story, individuals who have seen this film flip for it, and I flipped for it, too. As a result of he managed to take my novel of Physician Sleep, the sequel, and one way or the other weld it seamlessly to the Kubrick model of The Shining, the film. So, yeah, I preferred it quite a bit.

The Outsider (2020)

The Outsider: Ralph splattered with Alec's blood.

The Outsider was some of the latest Stephen King books to be tailored for TV, and the creator has been nothing however glowing towards it, as had been most critics. In an interview with NPR, King stated: “Effectively, I liked the sequence. I liked what they did to it.

The Stand (2020-2021)

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The Stand is a 2020-2021 miniseries depicting Stephen King’s post-apocalyptic work of the identical identify. Famously one in every of his longer books, rivaling the size of ITThe Stand had an all-star solid roaming a world that has been overridden by a deadly pandemic. Stephen King’s The Stand made adjustments that did not assist the unique story, however Stephen King had constructive issues to say concerning the miniseries in an interview with CBS: “I am loving this iteration of The Stand. Particular kudos to my Dome alumna, Natalie Martinez, and Owen Teague, who was good in IT and actually kills it as Harold Lauder. James Marsden… Odessa Younger… Alexander, brother of Invoice… all so rattling good.”

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Lisey’s Story (2021)

Liseys Story Lisey Julianne Moore

The coronavirus-delayed miniseries Lisey’s Story, starring performing veteran Julianne Moore, combines psychological horror and romance to deliver the unhappy story of widow Lisey Landon to life. The drama/horror miniseries tailored King’s e-book of the identical identify, and the creator was in full management over the present as he had beforehand refused to adapt the deeply private story. In an interview with Leisure Weekly, King opined:

“Yeah, I’d say that I am one hundred pc happy with the way in which issues look. The beauty of this was Man Dyas, who designed Boo’ya Moon and constructed it, created these enormous, enormous units. They had been on the Brooklyn Navy Yard. You speak about spooky, the coronavirus got here alongside and shut us down, and for some time, these units simply sat there abandoned. Boo’ya Moon was very creepy at the moment. I noticed it with everyone gone, and it simply seemed haunted to me. It was fantastic. He simply stuffed it with these unusual vegetation and designs. Yeah, I must say I am fairly happy with the way in which it turned out.”

Chapelwaite (2021)

Chapelwaite - Jakub

To not be confused with King’s full-length novel, Salem’s LotChapelwaite is predicated on his brief story referred to as Jerusalem’s Lot. It was first printed in his brief story assortment titled The Night time Shift, and it is narrated primarily by a wide range of letters and diary entries from the protagonist Charles Boone. Stephen King had nothing however reward for the present regardless of Chapelwaite‘s variations from the brief story, saying by way of Twitter“CHAPELWAITE (EPIX) may be very, excellent. Balls-to-the-wall gothic horror. All thriller, no filler.”

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