Directors you want to see adapt SK?

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Machine's Way

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David Lynch
Jennifer Lynch (I reference "surveillance" for this, she could pull off a great King adaption)
M. Night Shymalan
Peter Jackson
John Carpenter (I know I'm a sucker for anything he does and I liked Christine)
Guillermo Del Toro (If he can go back to his old ways and lay of the CG)
Eli Roth
Rob Zombie
David Fincher
Christopher Nolan (Cant believe he wasn't mentioned yet)
Dave McKean / Neil Gaiman (Together adapting something like the did with Mirrormask, can you imagine it!!)

And I would keep Tarantino away from ANYTHING King, that guy will destroy it with worthless dialog and over the top blatant insertion of his own agenda. Pulp fiction was an absolute perfect movie and he will never top that again. He has been chasing that film ever since, and its been awful.
 

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Religiously_Unkind

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Here are some of my picks: Guillermo Del Toro (he wants to do Pet Sematary), Robert Eggers, Peter Jackson, Kevin Smith (weird choice I know), James Wan, Michael Dougherty (maybe he could do something with Popsy).

Who are your picks?

Here's another one: Martin Scorsese; Shutter Island, and Cape Fear are proof he could do a great SK adaptation.
 

Gerald

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If Hitchcock were still alive I think he could do Misery pretty well, but that's already got a good enough adaptation.

Misery feels most Hitchcockian of his books. I wonder what Hitchcock thought of SK - Hitchcock constantly read novels to find one he would like to adapt, he must have read some of the early books of SK, like Carrie, Salem's Lot, The Shining before he died.

I'd also like David Lynch, Ridley Scott, Steven Spielberg, Tim Burton, the Coen brothers, Sam Raimi, David Fincher. And I wouldn't mind if Kubrick, De Palma, Cronenberg and Carpenter had done more (Carpenter had almost done Firestarter), although it might have disappointed, like Tobe Hooper followed up Salem's Lot with The Mangler.

I also would like to see Dario Argento do one. I think in the early sequence of Sleepless (2001) where a prostitute leaves a customer's house in a hurry, when she hears him mumble in his sleep that he has murdered many people, she stumbles over some furniture and a King novel falls on the floor. I think it is Nightmares and Dreamscapes (which with its title describes Argento's films well), but it is kind of hard to see, so not absolutely sure. Actually the title of Sleepless was first Insomnia, but they changed it because of the SK book. I think SK offered him to make Salem's Lot in the seventies.
 

Gerald

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In some ways I don't know if Hitchcock and SK would be a natural match. First of, Hitchcock didn't deal with the supernatural, so a lot of SK books he would turn down probably.
Secondly, Hitchcock was rather methodical and detached. While he loved thrillers obviously, he also looked at them in a rather sardonic way. He said you couldn't make a film like Psycho without your tongue in cheek. To him it was kind of like a black joke, and you can tell not so much from the films, but rather from the advertisement trailers he did, like the guided tour of the Bates Motel.

SK on the other hand isn't sardonic or detached at all. He treats even the most outrageous concepts with seriousness and a lot of heart. He is also very instinctual and always goes for big emotions.

It would still be interesting to see what the combination would bring. After all, a director like David Cronenberg, who also is rather clinical and cold, made one of the best SK adaptations with Dead Zone, and so did Kubrick.