Stephen King movies are enjoying a revival with a number in development at this moment, as well as two popular television series in “Haven” and “Under the Dome” based on his work. Out of all the projects in development, one of the more interesting is a remake of the classic King movie “It.” Originally created as a television miniseries, it stars Tim Curry as Pennywise, an evil clown that kills children in a small New England town. The book flips through time, with a group of kids who survived the last time Pennywise struck and now sees it happening again as adults.
The new Stephen King’s “It” movie is still in the works as it has recently left its home at Warner Bros. and is now under the banner of New Line. Last news indicated that “True Detective” creator Cary Fukunaga would direct it, but since he is under contract with Warner Bros., there are thoughts he is off the project thanks to the move. With Stephen King’s “It” soon to return, here is a look at other King movies that received remakes.
The most recent Stephen King remake came with “Carrie.” The original movie, directed by Brian De Palma, stars Sissy Spacek as Carrie White, a young girl who discovers she has telekinetic powers. She then uses them to strike back against the bullies in her school as well as her overbearing ultra-religious and abusive mother Margaret (Piper Laurie). The remake of “Carrie” came in 2013, directed by Kimberly Peirce. The version paid a little more respect to the original novel and stars Chloe Grace Moretz as Carrie and Julianne Moore as Margaret.
A very unique remake came with “The Shining.” While Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining” is widely considered one of the best horror movies of all time, Stephen King has always hated it. King has said on occasion that the movie is not about what his book is about. While Kubrick’s version remains superior, King himself wrote a new script that he felt was more loyal to his novel and long-time King director, Mick Garris, helmed the movie, which starred Steven Weber as Jack Torrance. In the second version of “The Shining,” there is more attention paid to the haunted Overlook, something Kubrick didn’t care as much about in his movie.
One of King’s earliest novels, “Salem’s Lot,” was also one of his earliest film adaptations, make in 1979 as a TV miniseries directed by Tobe Hooper (“The Texas Chainsaw Massacre”). The movie stars David Soul as the writer who discovers a vampire living by him in the town of Jerusalem’s Lot. His curiosity gets the better of him and he soon finds his life in danger from a pack of vampires. In 2004, TNT remade “Salem’s Lot” as another TV miniseries, with Rob Lowe playing the writer and Donald Sutherland playing the vampire Richard Straker.