To say that Stephen King is a hot commodity would be a vast understatement. Movie makers and online streaming services are reeling in any chance they can get to bring the iconic author’s terrorizing tales to life. News regarding several King adaptations such as Mr. Mercedes, Gerald’s Game, The Dark Tower, Doctor Sleep, Castle Rock, and the blockbuster It, has been plentiful for the past year. It is no surprise then that The Outsider, hitting bookshelves only last month, has already been tapped for a 10 episode series.
Though Mr.King has been providing a steady stream of stories, screen-writers continue reaching back into the vault for his creepy classics and earlier today Deadline announced that 20th Century Fox is finalizing a deal for his short story, The Boogeyman.
“The story follows a man named Lester Billings as he visits his psychiatrist, Dr. Harper. According to Lester, each of his three children have been killed by the Boogeyman that hides in his closets.” – Source: Nerdist
Originally published in Cavalier magazine in 1973, The Boogeyman later became part of King’s short story collection Night Shift published in 1978 and will now be adapted for theaters by Scott Beck and Bryan Woods, the writers behind the hit movie, A Quiet Place. Having tweeted praise for the creative efforts on A Quiet Place, Mr. King must surely be thrilled to have them take on one of his own works.
A QUIET PLACE is an extraordinary piece of work. Terrific acting, but the main thing is the SILENCE, and how it makes the camera's eye open wide in a way few movies manage.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) April 6, 2018
It is mind-boggling to consider the numerous screen adaptations of Stephen King’s stories, with many more on the horizon. In fact, this is not even the first screen adaptation of The Boogeyman, but it is the first in a feature-length format.
“The Boogeyman has been a favorite of short filmmakers; it has been adapted into shorts seven times, in what King calls “dollar baby deals,” non-commercial and non-exclusive rights options that allow emerging filmmakers access to material they could never afford if they were paying retail.” – Source: Deadline
As one of Mr. King’s biggest fans, I will definitely be curious to see The Boogeyman on the big screen… so long as he stays there and not in my closet. 😉