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21st September, 1947
The film was hit hard by critics and viewers alike earlier this year.
Taking in just $110 million in the worldwide box office and with reviews largely negative, it's fair to say that the Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey-led film 'The Dark Tower' flopped upon its release a little earlier this year. Author of the novels on which the movie was based, Stephen King, has now had his say on why he thinks that is.
King's storytelling is something that has impressed many over the decades, with novels such as 'Misery' and 'Mr Mercedes' proving popular. Another of King's most popular works is the 1,100+ page horror novel 'IT', which was this year adapted for the big screen, with Andy Muschietti serving as director.
Continue reading: Stephen King Explains Why He Thinks 'The Dark Tower' Movie Flopped
The actor would have looked "more like myself" in the scene.
It's fair to say that the recent adaptation of critically-acclaimed Stephen King novel 'IT' has become a major success in the box office. Taking in over $371 million in worldwide takings in just its second weekend, the film has managed to break all sorts of records and even outpace fellow genre newcomer 'mother!' from Darren Aronofsky this past weekend.
Telling the story of the city of Derry, Maine, which has been terrorised by an evil entity known as Pennywise the Clown for centuries, the movie follows a young group of outcasts who band together in a bid to tackle the evil just waiting for its opportunity to consume them all.
Continue reading: Bill Skarsgärd Reveals "Really Disturbing" Scene Was Cut From 'IT'
The World Clown Association believe the movie is affecting their business.
The re-boot adaptation of Stephen King's 'It' might be one of the most hugely anticipated movies of the year, but not everyone is happy about it. In particular, genuine clowns are worried that it's affecting their chances of getting hired for children's parties and other events
Coulrophobia, the fear of clowns, ranks number 88 in the top 100 most common fears according to FearOf.net - and that's largely not helped by the fact that there are so many horror stories, books and films associated with murderous versions of these comedy performers. Now there are a lot of sad clowns in the entertainment business who just aren't getting the appreciation for their work.
Continue reading: Clowns Are Losing Work Because Of Stephen King's 'It'
The novel's author saw a cut of the film and loved each of the changes the movie's director had made.
Bringing in some brilliant early reviews, it looks like 'IT' is going to be one of the best-received Stephen King adaptations of all-time, and certainly of the past few years. After the horror that 'The Dark Tower' seemed to be with critics, the apparently fantastic representation of King's work couldn't have come at a better time.
Based on the novel of the same name, 'IT' tells the story of a group of youngsters who live in Derry, Maine, where a slew of murders throughout history have been committed by a mysterious entity who takes the form of the villainous clown, Pennywise. Played by Bill Skarsgard in this adaptation, Pennywise first worked his way into the nightmares of viewers in a miniseries back in 1990, where Tim Curry took the reins. Now though he looks more frightening than ever before.
Continue reading: Stephen King Personally Approved 'IT' Movie Plot Changes
The film may not officially be out yet, but 'Part 2' is already being planned.
Scaring readers for decades now, Stephen King's critically-acclaimed horror novel 'IT' has come to life in a number of different ways, and will this week be released as a major motion picture in movie theatres across the globe.
Tim Curry may have been the man to bring the terrifying entity that is Pennywise the Clown to life back in 1990 in a television adaptation, but an arguably scarier version is to come in 'IT' this week, as Bill Skarsgard dons the make-up and gets into character as the child-murdering demon.
Continue reading: 'IT' Director Gives Details On Planned Sequel
Stephen King's eight-book series The Dark Tower has legions of fans who are obsessed with the epic tale of gunslinger Roland Deschain.
The film has been in the works for more than a decade, and its path to the cinema has been rocky. The first hurdle came with the casting of Idris Elba in the lead role, which sparked a social media outcry that the character isn't black. King himself weighed into this debate. "Honestly, I didn't care what colour he was as long as he could command the screen, draw fast and shoot straight," the author said.
Set to explore the themes and canon that King has set out in the past, the show comes from J.J. Abrams and his production company Bad Robot, with 10 episodes ordered for American streaming service Hulu. Melanie Lynskey, André Holland, Bill Skarsgård, Jane Levy and Sissy Spacek have all been announced to star in the series, but now King has revealed he won't actually be writing on the show.
Continue reading: Stephen King Won't Write 'Castle Rock' Hulu Series
The first glimpse of Idris Elba and Tom Taylor in action on 'The Dark Tower'.
The full trailer for Stephen King's 'The Dark Tower' has finally been unveiled, seeing Idris Elba, Matthew Mcconaughey and Tom Taylor in the lead roles. It's a dark blend of fantasy, sci-fi and traditional western, which is what makes it one of the most exciting films of the year.
Idris Elba plays the formidable Gunslinger in Nikolaj Arcel's adaptation of Stephen King's best-selling series of novels, with Matthew McConaughey as the evil Man in Black and Tom Taylor as the Gunslinger's unlikely 11-year-old quest partner Jake Chambers.
A series adaptation of Stephen King's 'The Mist' is coming this summer.
Our first look at the forthcoming series adaptation of Stephen King's popular novella 'The Mist' has finally arrived in the form of a gripping trailer for Spike TV. The 10 episode first season is set to air this summer, but this isn't just about a small town grocery store anymore.
Created by Danish filmmaker Christian Torpe ('Rita', 'Silent Heart'), who also directs the first episode alongside Adam Bernstein, this new adaptation of 'The Mist' follows the lives of various people within a terror-struck small town. It comes ten years after the critically acclaimed Frank Darabont film adaptation was released starring Marcia Gay Harden, Toby Jones and Thomas Jane.
Continue reading: 'The Mist' Series Trailer Follows Life Outside The Grocery Store
Here are 7 of the greatest Stephen King film adaptations.
With the release of 'The Dark Tower' imminent, as well as the new trailer for the 'It' reboot making the rounds, it seems that Stephen King is back in fashion. His novels and short stories have always been a source of great interest for filmmakers and TV series creators, so it's always thrilling to see a new adaptation.
Here are just a few of our favourite Stephen King movie adaptations: