Stephen King hopes ‘The Shawshank Redemption’ never gets remade

The business of making movies and TV shows based on the works of famed Bangorian Stephen King is nearly as big a business as the books King cranks out on a yearly basis. In 2022, two movies based on King books are set to be released, including the reboot of “Firestarter,” due out in May, and a new film version of “Salem’s Lot,” which is set for a September release — yet another King film set in Maine but filmed in Massachusetts.

King has had varying levels of involvement in the films and series adapted from his stories, from writing screenplays for the original “Pet Sematary” and the 2021 TV series “Lisey’s Story,” to roles in films like “It: Chapter Two” and “Creepshow.”

But as a voracious consumer of pop culture in all forms, one thing King has is an opinion on just about everything — which he expresses daily on his popular Twitter feed.

King answered a handful of questions from the Bangor Daily News about the many movies and TV shows adapted from his works — the good, the bad, and the ugly.

Bangor Daily News: Which films based on your work do you think can’t be improved on?

King:  I wouldn’t care to see Shawshank or “The Green Mile” remade, and I’m doubtful about the proposed “Christine” remake.

Read more at the Bangor Daily News

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