Stephen King’s Short Story ‘Suffer the Little Children’ to Become Film


Stephen King's short story Suffer the Little Children is being developed as a film

Stephen King’s short story Suffer the Little Children is being developed as a film

Stephen King‘s 1972 short story “Suffer the Little Children” is set to become a film, according to Variety. The news comes on the heels of IT, based on the Stephen King story, raking in a whopping $123.1 million at the box office this weekend. “Suffer the Little Children” was first published by Cavalier magazine in 1972, and was then published as part of the collection “Nightmares & Dreamscapes” in 1993.

The short story “Suffer the Little Children” is about a teacher named Emily Sidley, who notices the children in her class acting strangely. She realizes that they are not what they seem, and she has to protect the town from something evil.

Sean Carter (Keep Watching) is set to write and direct the film. Craig Flores, Nicolas Chartier, and Sriram Das will produce. Suffer the Little Children will be a co-production of Flores’ Bread & Circuses banner, Chartier’s Voltage Pictures, and Das’ Das Films. JJ Meyers of Das Films will co-produce.

IT, the current Stephen King adaptation in theaters, stars Bill Skarsgård as the story’s central villain, Pennywise the clown. An ensemble of young actors also star in the film, including Jaeden Lieberher (Midnight Special), Jeremy Ray Taylor (Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip), Sophia Lillis (37), Finn Wolfhard (TV’s Stranger Things), Wyatt Oleff (Guardians of the Galaxy), Chosen Jacobs (upcoming Cops and Robbers), Jack Dylan Grazer (Tales of Halloween) and Nicholas Hamilton (Captain Fantastic). A sequel to IT is already in the works with Gary Dauberman writing the script. Muschietti is expected to return, but he hasn’t signed a deal yet.

In addition, J.J. Abrams has an upcoming Hulu series based on the works of Stephen King called Castle Rock. Sam Shaw & Dustin Thomason developed the project for television and serve as executive producers along with J.J. Abrams, Ben Stephenson and Liz Glotzer. The series is from Bad Robot Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.

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