It’s a given that anything Stephen King writes will be optioned for film.
If you haven’t read Stephen King’s newest novella collection, If It Bleeds — which was just published on April 21, 2020 — and you prefer to read his work before seeing the film adaptation you better get cracking. because three of the four stories already have options.
Stephen King’s latest bestselling four novella collection If It Bleeds has quickly garnered three option deals, with a fourth in the offing because it involves a preexisting character who just starred in an HBO series adaptationStephen King If It Bleeds Netflix John Lee Hancock Jason Blum Ryan Murphy, Ben Stiller, Darren Aronofsky – Deadline
Good to see Jason Blum digging in on the story “Mr. Harrigan’s Phone”. Ben Stiller trapped the story “Rat” and wants to produce, direct and star in it. Darren Aronofsky optioned “The Life of Chuck” The final story is based on characters from King’s The Outsider novel, which is already a show on HBO, so that could somehow make it into a second season, opines the article.
I’ve long argued that King’s novellas make for his best movies (Shawshank Redemption, Stand By Me both from King’s novella collection, Different Season). It’s much more difficult to adapt his longer novels into movies for run time constraints. He does have some great novel adaptations though like The Dead Zone, also a pretty good TV series starring Anthony Michael Hall. For miniseries, 11/22/63 was done really well, too.
I better get to reading If It Bleeds myself. Still haven’t bought it yet. It’s in my wishlist at Google Play (I’m trying to spread the digital love around instead of buying everything through Amazon).
Have you read If It Bleeds yet? Did you enjoy it? Please share your spoiler-free take in the comments area or if you, too, are planning to read.