The last time King set up this many projects based on one of his novella collections was his 1982 novella collection 'Different Seasons.'
As disappointing and depressing as 2020 has been so far, there might still be some hope for this year as has reportedly got some pretty exciting news for Stephen King fans. The legendary author's latest bestselling four novella collection If It Bleeds is said to have garnered quite some interest from Hollywood. So much so, that three of the terrifying tales are reportedly already in the works with the stories having been optioned to a trio of Hollywood's top producers. Meanwhile, the fourth in the series is also in the offing as it involves a preexisting character who just starred in an HBO series adaptation.
'If It Bleeds' is a compilation of novellas by Stephen King and a good pick for those who haven't read King's work before and want to try it out. Read the #TOIMicroreview here:https://t.co/LsYBISoQZF pic.twitter.com/D4B4zQW6W3— TOI Books (@TOI_Books) July 12, 2020
According to Collider, Rat has been optioned to Ben Stiller, who intends to direct, produce, and star in the project. The tale follows a frustrated writer named Drew Larson who makes a Faustian bargain with a rat quell his writer's block, trading professional success for the life of a loved one. Meanwhile, Darren Aronofsky has optioned The Life of Chuck and is set to produce an adaptation of the tale under his Protozoa banner. It follows a middle-aged man named Charles Krantz whose life is split into several supernatural chapter breaks.
Stephen King's RAT from his novel IF IT BLEEDS (https://t.co/7MMms91EXK) will be adapted by Ben Stiller, who would be a producer, director and protagonist.— The Ben Stiller Fan Club / by Dorotejka (@BenStillerFan1) July 16, 2020
The story centres on a writer. The rat offers to get rid of his writer’s block in exchange for one of his loved ones dying. pic.twitter.com/8ZYSQS2H5I
As for Mr. Harrigan’s Phone, Ryan Murphy has teamed with Netflix and Blumhouse to option the story, with John Lee Hancock taking on the challenge of adapting and directing the tale. It follows a young boy who befriends an older billionaire in his small-town Maine neighborhood. The pair bond over the man's first iPhone which becomes instrumental to the narrative as, after the man's death, the boy discovers that he can still communicate with his friend from beyond the grave through the device that was buried with him. While Murphy will produce the movie alongside Jason Blum and Carla Hacken, Blumhouse Television’s Marci Wiseman and Jeremy Gold will serve as executive producers on the project.
Netflix has optioned Stephen King's short story 'Mr. Harrigan's Phone' from his recent collection of novellas, 'If It Bleeds,' for Blumhouse and Ryan Murphy to produce into a feature film. https://t.co/MsXwYhLzY8— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) July 10, 2020
It is Netflix's fourth King adaptation following in the footsteps of 1922, Gerald’s Game, and In the Tall Grass. The fourth story in King's latest novella collection, Let It Bleed, features clairvoyant detective Holly Gibney, who was a character on the recent HBO miniseries The Outsider. Gibney—portrayed by Cynthia Erivo in the HBO miniseries—also appeared in King's Bill Hodges trilogy that serves as the basis for the Brendan Gleeson series Mr. Mercedes. While Let It Bleed hasn't been optioned yet, HBO could always snap it up and draw from it if the network decides to bring The Outsider back for another season, as hinted in a post-credits scene in the finale.
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#4 Holly Gibney (Bill Hodges trilogy/The Outsider/If It Bleeds) pic.twitter.com/g9zUNUAQe6
As noted by Deadline, King is known to option his work for just $1 to filmmakers both established and unproven—provided that he receives certain creative controls. While the author never suffocates the creative process, he does maintain a short leash so that his work doesn’t languish in development hell. The projects currently in the works are quite significant as the last time King set up this many projects based on one of his novella collections was his 1982 novella collection Different Seasons.