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Stephen King’s “Suffer The Little Children” adaptation greenlit on back of “It” opening weekend

September 15th, 2017 by Dave Bowling Comments

After the big screen adaptation of It brought in over $217 million worldwide in ten days, it’s perhaps inevitable that New Line would look at other Stephen King properties to adapt.

I’m pretty sure that nobody thought they’s move this fast, however. It’s been announced that a film based on King’s short story Suffer the Little Children has been greenlit on the back of the success of It. Which means, inevitably, more creepy little kids.

The story follows elementary school teacher Emily Sidley as she becomes aware that some form of evil creature has taken control of her pupils. Deadline describes it as:

a supernatural thriller that centres on a recently divorced first-grade schoolteacher who notices some ‘unsettling’ traits in the children in her class: flashes of a bizarre texture lurking underneath their skin and a chilling, conspiratorial secrecy to the way they play together. And now, people in her new town are dying mysteriously. Is this all just paranoia, or is something more disturbing happening to the children in this town?

Associated people named so far are producers Craig Flores, Nicolas Chartier and Sriram Das. It will be directed by Sean Carter, not the alter-ego of Jay-Z but a new filmmaker whose directorial debut Keep Watching is due out in the not-too-distant. Carter had this to say about the project:

The Stephen King aesthetic has been imprinted into my psyche since I was a teenager, and Suffer the Little Children fits right into that classic King paradigm: a tragically flawed lead character put into a shockingly unimaginable scenario. It’s a tiny peek into a mythology that I can’t wait to expand into a full-length movie.

Unsurprisingly, there’s no release date been announced yet, but we’ll keep you up to speed on what’s happening as and when we know.

Source: Slashfilm

Dave was born at an early age to parents of both sexes. He has been a self-confessed geek for as long as he can remember, having been raised through the 80s on a steady diet of Doctor Who, Star Trek, Red Dwarf and (sigh) Knight Rider. Throw the usual assortment of Saturday morning cartoons into the mix and we have something quite exceptional: someone with an encyclopaedic knowledge of utter tosh; a love of giant robots and spaceships fighting; and the strange desire to leap tall buildings in a single bound while wearing his underpants over his trousers. The death ray is currently in the works and one day you shall all bow to him, his giant space station and fleet of funky orange space shuttles...