The Next Great Stephen King Adaptation

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Is it possible to have a renaissance if one’s work has always been in high demand? If you’re Stephen King the answer is a resounding yasss. Here’s a brief recap of the past two years: It Chapter One became the highest grossing horror film ever. Then Pet SemataryGerald’s Game, and The Dark Tower series were all adapted to film (and this is the second such adaptation for Pet Sematary).

But wait, there’s more coming down the pike for Mr. King.

It Chapter Two will drop this weekend, and there is a decent possibility it will unseat its predecessor to become King of the Horror films (forgive the pun). Next up is Doctor Sleep, the decades-in-the-making sequel to The Shining, which will open in theaters in November. Then James Wan (The Conjuring) is set to adapt King’s vampire novel Salem’s Lot.

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And we’re still not done.

As reported by Entertainment Weekly, Sanibel Films (the production company of George A. Romero and Chris Romero) in partnership with Vertigo Entertainment will produce the film adaptation of Stephen King’s 1999 novel The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon.

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The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon is a psychological horror novel that follows nine-year-old Trisha McFarland who get separated from her squabbling mother and brother on a hiking trip on the Appalachian Trail and struggles in vain to catch up with them. But her fear gets the better of her and the hunger, exhaustion, and thirst causes her to hallucinate. Among Trisha’s hallucinations is her crush and favorite baseball player, Tom Gordon. As Trisha wanders deeper into the woods she becomes convinced that she will soon have to confront the evil entity hot on her trail whom she calls The God of the Lost.

Said King in a recent statement: “I’m thrilled that my book is being brought to the screen, and that George’s company is involved. Chris Forrest (Romero) has worked long and hard to make this project happen.”

The production company has yet to tap a director, but watch this space for updates as they’re announced.