It’s shaping up to be a good November for horror scribe Stephen King. The author’s newest novel 11/22/63 debuts on the 15th, and this week has seen two major announcements about screen adaptations of his work.
We’ve known that Showtime was planning to turn King’s mammoth 2009 novel Under the Dome into a series since back in August, but now comes news that Dreamworks Television has finally found their writer for the project in the form of Brian K. Vaughn.
Vaughn is best known for his work in comics, where he wrote books like Y: The Last Man and Runaways, and as a writer on seasons three through five on ABC’s Lost.
Given Vaughn’s previous work, we think he’s a fantastic choice to adapt Under the Dome, which finds residents of a small Maine town forced to fight each other in a bid to escape after a giant dome crashes down around them.
That wasn’t the only King news, though.
Palomar Pictures will team up with Grovesnor Park to create three new features – one of them being an adaptation of King’s 1995 novel Rose Madder.
That book finds a woman on the run from her abusive husband – and her method of escape involves the ability to enter a painting. Think of it along the lines of Argento’s The Stendhal Syndrome and you’re in the same ballpark.
The decision to adapt Madder is a bit of surprise. It’s not one of the author’s most beloved works, even amongst his fans, and it’s not a title that seemed particularly well-suited to the screen. The feature does at least have an impressive pedigree, seeing as the screen adaptation has been penned by Naomi Sheridan (daughter of director Jim Sheridan). No word on who might direct or star in Rose Madder, but we’ll bring you that news as soon as it’s announced.
[via Variety, Deadline]