King's Gerald's Game for film
Stephen King's next book adapted to film looks set to be Gerald's Game, and this time he's written the adaptation himself. Craig R. Baxley, who has directed a number of films and miniseries of King's, will direct the film.
Gerald's Game looks at a woman who has accidentally caused her husband to suffer a fatal heart attack during a sex game. Unfortunately she's tied to the bed and can't move and as time passes she begins to hallucinate...
From SciFi Wire Baxley talks about the adaptation and King:
"Obviously, it was written 15 or 16 years ago, and [King has] made it a contemporary piece. What I gravitate to about Stephen is the psychological aspect of the thrillers. I don't gravitate to when the cats explode, and the blood flies and everything else. I think that's what intrigues [Frank] Darabont, too....Stephen is such a wonderful writer when it comes to character. I'm very fond of him, obviously, and we have a very good working relationship. We'll see what happens."
King's adapatations have been hit and miss before, and there are a few that really stand out from the rest. It'll be interesting to see how this goes, particularly as it is going down the route that seems to mark the most successful of his films, the psychological aspect. He certainly is a popular writer for adaptation these days.