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2 new Stephen King works to be adapted for the screen

There are two more additions to the seemingly never-ending stream of Stephen King works being adapted into movies and TV series, both announced last week.

“Sleeping Beauties,” the 2017 novel co-written by King and his son, Owen King, will be developed into a TV series by AMC. Owen King will write a pilot script for the network, Entertainment Weekly reported Wednesday.

 On Thursday, it was announced by Deadline that “Rest Stop,” a short story written by Stephen King that was first published in the December 2003 issue of Esquire magazine, will be adapted into a film by Alex Ross Perry, who recently directed the film “Her Smell,” starring Elizabeth Moss, in theaters now.

There’s no word on when either adaptation would reach screens.

“Sleeping Beauties” is about a mysterious sleeping sickness that starts spreading across the globe, which causes women to fall into a deep sleep and become encased in cocoons. If the women are woken up, they enter into a homicidal rage. At a women’s prison in Appalachia and in the towns surrounding the prison, this leads to chaos.

“Rest Stop,” first published in Esquire and later reprinted in King’s 2008 short story collection, “Just After Sunset,” tells the story of author John Dykstra, who writes under the pen name Rick Hardin, who stops into a rest area in Florida and encounters a couple arguing in the bathroom next to his, which escalates into violence.

In addition to writing and directing the rock ‘n’ roll drama “Her Smell,” Alex Ross Perry also wrote and directed the film “Listen Up Philip” and wrote the script for “Christopher Robin.”

Other recently announced new King adaptations include a movie of “The Talisman” and a TV adaptation of “The Stand,” set for CBS All Access.

This article originally appeared on www.bangordailynews.com.

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