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Wow, Josh Boone has his hand in every pie. Let's hope he proves to be a boon for fans wanting faithful and successful King adaptations. Why are they calling King's story "Ayana" Ayna?

These are the books I'm most excited to be adapted, omitting the obvious one:
Lisey's Story
The Talisman
Firestarter
The Long Walk
The Stand
 

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Wow, Josh Boone has his hand in every pie. Let's hope he proves to be a boon for fans wanting faithful and successful King adaptations. Why are they calling King's story "Ayana" Ayna?

These are the books I'm most excited to be adapted, omitting the obvious one:
Lisey's Story
The Talisman
Firestarter
The Long Walk
The Stand
I’m reading the Talisman at the min. I think it would make a great movie! I must say the fact that John Lithgow is going to be in Pet semetery is very exciting :D
 

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I’m reading the Talisman at the min. I think it would make a great movie! I must say the fact that John Lithgow is going to be in Pet semetery is very exciting :D
My 14 year old son just started The Talisman for the first time. He just finished The Stand and loved it. He's really starting to hit a new gear on liking Mr. King's books so, naturally, I'm thrilled...lol. So far, he's blowing thru The Talisman and loving it.
 

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...I think this should play well.....
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No one ever seemed interested to make the short story Jerusalem's Lot (collected in Night Shift). I would love to see that, because there haven't been many films lately that have that kind of Lovecraftian vibe.
In fact I would even rather have some kind of Lovecraft tv-series. There have been a number of Lovecraft adaptations, but still not that many (there are a lot of Lovecraft fan-films or inspired-by-Lovecraft films). It seems hard to get the atmosphere of Lovecraft right on film, it seems sometimes games do a better job of it (like the superb Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth game from Bethesda).

From King's more recent stories I would love to see N (collected in Just After Sunset), which again has that classic approach to horror. But I'm not sure if there's enough material in the story for a full length film.
 
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His short stories generally don't come out well when adapted to feature length. 1408 is still the only one I find really successful at that. Children of the Corn has a cult(!)following I think, because someone's seeing them and paying for them otherwise they wouldn't make so many sequels, but I don't feel it's a very good film. And the rest of the short story adaptations, including his own Maximum Overdrive aren't very good on the whole.

Ayana is on top of the above list, which I felt was nothing special. But I would like to see if the level of 1408 will ever be met by a short-story-to-feature-length adaptation.

The Jaunt has also been announced for a very long time, so I don't really expect that anymore.
 
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Wow, Josh Boone has his hand in every pie. Let's hope he proves to be a boon for fans wanting faithful and successful King adaptations. Why are they calling King's story "Ayana" Ayna?

He's linked to The Stand, The Talisman, Lisey's Story and Revival. He's only currently in post-production on his third film The New Mutants though, so it's very unclear what he's going to do.
Ayana is just spelled wrong by mistake.

Actually there are still numerous titles missing. IMDb is the best place for seeing what's coming, although they list all the dollar babies too:

Stephen King - IMDb
 

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In fact I would even rather have some kind of Lovecraft tv-series.

There is a Lovecraft tv-series coming, by the way, but it seems it falls more in the inspired-by category. I don't know the novel it is based on, perhaps someone here does?

Lovecraft Country (TV series) - Wikipedia

What I would like to see is a tv-series along the lines of Necronomicon, the anthology film from 1993:

Necronomicon: Book of Dead (1993) - IMDb

Each episode could take on a story, or maybe several episodes for the longer stories, and just like in that film you could have a narrative about Lovecraft himself framing the series as a whole. Unlike the film though, which also focused a lot on gore, I would focus more on atmosphere. And I would set it at the time when Lovecraft lived, in the film the last story is set in modern time.
 
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It seems like every king novel on the face of the earth is getting adapted or readapted

That's because of the success of IT of course. But it's a lot of remakes and adaptations of his latest works. There are still a lot in between that no one ever seem to touch: Insomnia, Rose Madder, The Regulators, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, Black House, From a Buick 8, Blaze, Duma Key, Joyland (although Tom Gordon and Buick were tried at some point). And there are still a huge amount of short stories never done, and some novellas.

I get the idea they either want to do a remake of something well known (like IT, or Tommyknockers - which despite not being one of his best, was still one of his best selling) or do a recent book whille it's still fresh from the bestseller lists.
 

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That's because of the success of IT of course. But it's a lot of remakes and adaptations of his latest works. There are still a lot in between that no one ever seem to touch: Insomnia, Rose Madder, The Regulators, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, Black House, From a Buick 8, Blaze, Duma Key, Joyland (although Tom Gordon and Buick were tried at some point). And there are still a huge amount of short stories never done, and some novellas.

I get the idea they either want to do a remake of something well known (like IT, or Tommyknockers - which despite not being one of his best, was still one of his best selling) or do a recent book whille it's still fresh from the bestseller lists.
Most of those titles have been optioned at one time or another but just haven't made it to production. It's one of the reasons we wait before making any announcements about a movie coming out. Just because it's been optioned doesn't mean it will ever be produced.
 

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Most of those titles have been optioned at one time or another but just haven't made it to production. It's one of the reasons we wait before making any announcements about a movie coming out. Just because it's been optioned doesn't mean it will ever be produced.

The books seem to be optioned often even before they come out. Have the people who option them even read them at that point? Do they option on the basis of a title, a synopsis or the whole book?
If they have just a title or a synopsis, the whole book may not be what they wanted or expected when they optioned it and in that case, they won't want to make it anymore.
 

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The books seem to be optioned often even before they come out. Have the people who option them even read them at that point? Do they option on the basis of a title, a synopsis or the whole book?
If they have just a title or a synopsis, the whole book may not be what they wanted or expected when they optioned it and in that case, they won't want to make it anymore.
Stephen's film agent receives the manuscript before publication date and has that available when he shops it. Not being produced is more often to do with financing and making a deal with a distributor than the story itself or in the case of J.J. Abrams with the Dark Tower, he didn't feel he could do the story justice and relinquished his option.
 

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Stephen's film agent receives the manuscript before publication date and has that available when he shops it. Not being produced is more often to do with financing and making a deal with a distributor than the story itself or in the case of J.J. Abrams with the Dark Tower, he didn't feel he could do the story justice and relinquished his option.

But does the film agent let the producers read the full book before they decide to buy it?

And is an option the same as paying the full money to be allowed to film it?