It is going to be an exciting year for fans of horror legend Stephen King. This week, it was announced that the popular short story titled My Pretty Pony will soon become a movie.
From Paper to Screens
My Pretty Pony was published in 1989 and was later collected in the book Nightmares & Dreamscape. The story follows a dying old man who gives his grandson a stopwatch. The old man gives instruction on the nature of time: how, when one grows up, time runs faster and faster.
The story was originally written as a flashback scene for a full-length novel the author wrote under the pseudonym, Richard Bachman. However, he eventually scrapped the entire work but kept the short story.
According to Variety, Tobin Bell (Saw; The Flash) and young actor Noah Jupe (A Song For Jenny, Houdini and Doyle, Suburbicon) will star in the upcoming movie. IMDB lists Isaac Ryan Brown, Dan John Miller, Tracee Mae Miller, Lucy Price and Joyce Uzelac as members of the cast.
Luke Jaden has signed up to direct the movie adaptation. Meanwhile, Phil Wurtzel of Friel Films will sit as a producer.
Brian Kavanaugh-Jones and Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars) will co-executive produce. The movie will start filming this spring in locations in Michigan.
This is not the first time that My Pretty Pony was adapted into live-action. It was first made into a Dollar Baby short film in 2009. It was directed by Mikhail Tank. Paul Marin starred.
As of this writing, a release date window has not yet been announced. However, My Pretty Pony is not the only story from King that have gotten the interest of movie makers. Below are updates on the full-length movies based on the novels by the best-selling author.
The Dark Tower
The dark fantasy book series first published in 1982 is getting a movie adaptation from Sony. It will star Idris Elba (Thor, Luther) in the role of Roland, The Gunslinger and Matthew McConaughey as the Man in Black. Katheryn Winnick, Abbey Lee and Tom Taylor also star. Nikolaj Arcel wrote and directed the upcoming movie.
At CinemaCon in Las Vegas last week, Sony finally presented a first look at the movie. The studio showed four minutes of the movie and one key takeaway teased a showdown between The Gunslinger and the Man in Black, reported Screen Rant.
Sony also previewed the first trailer at the convention. The rest of the world still has not seen the videos presented in Las Vegas last week, but online buzz claims that it will be released soon.
The Dark Tower was initially scheduled to come out last January, but it was later moved to Feb. 17 then to July 28. More recent reports claim that the movie will finally be released on Aug. 4.
Meanwhile, the first official trailer for the upcoming It movie has finally been released. It was first seen by the audience at SXSW where the video left screaming audiences in its wake. When the trailer was finally released online, it surpassed Fate of the Furious by posting a record-breaking 197 million views in 24 hours.
The upcoming horror movie based on a best-selling novel of the same title stars Bill Skarsgard as the nightmare-inducing, murdering clown Pennywise. Stranger Things actor Finn Wolfhard, Sophia Lillis, Javier Botet, Jaeden Lieberher, Nicholas Hamilton also appear.
It, the first movie adaptation of King’s novel, is directed by Andres Muschietti. The movie will be released on Sept. 8 in the U.S. For now, watch the first official trailer below.
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