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Stephen King's short story The Reach headed to the big screen

May. 10, 2012by: Paul Shirey

Stephen King's short story THE REACH is now headed to the big screen, set to go out to buyers at Marche du Film at Cannes this month.  Currently budgeted at $12-14 million, the project is out to directors and talent agents with the aim of generating some buzz to push the project along.  King has said that THE REACH is the story he would most like to be remembered for after his death.

That's a bold statement from someone with such a tremendous body of work.  I would think that most of his fans will likely remember him for works like THE SHINING, IT, THE STAND, etc. 

Here's a brief synopsis:

"The story's title refers to the 1.5 mile stretch of water between Goat Island and the Maine coastline. The book details the story of a 95-year-old lady who embarks on a troubled journey to the mainland from the island after the Reach freezes over for the first time in 50 years."

First published in Yankee in 1981 under the title "Do the Dead Sing?", it was later collected in King's 1985 collection Skeleton Crew. It was also included in American Gothic Tales in 1996.

I haven't read the short, but it definitely has a more spiritual tone to it and reminds me of King's less horror-filled tales and more along the lines of HEARTS IN ATALANTIS or THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION.

Stay tuned as this develops.

Extra Tidbit: One of my personal favorites of Stephen King is Cycle of the Werewolf, which has some awesome illustrations by the great Bernie Wrightson. What's your favorite?

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3:00PM on 05/11/2012

Sneakers

Sneakers would be a good one fo sho
Sneakers would be a good one fo sho
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11:25PM on 05/10/2012

Short Story King

The 'Boogie Man' is indescribable, I love all instances Ghost-busters cartoon, Simpson's Treehouse of Horror, but that story was why an adult should beware the boogie man. Also a shout out to Chattery Teeth for the greatest sidekick.
The 'Boogie Man' is indescribable, I love all instances Ghost-busters cartoon, Simpson's Treehouse of Horror, but that story was why an adult should beware the boogie man. Also a shout out to Chattery Teeth for the greatest sidekick.
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2:58PM on 05/11/2012
Haven't read Boogie Man but Chattery Teeth just wasn't that good; it was ok; like ok if you don't have anything else to read. Don't remember the name of the story but the one with the Rock star in the studio from the same book as Chattery Teeth would be my pick
Haven't read Boogie Man but Chattery Teeth just wasn't that good; it was ok; like ok if you don't have anything else to read. Don't remember the name of the story but the one with the Rock star in the studio from the same book as Chattery Teeth would be my pick
9:15PM on 05/10/2012
We mostly get caught up in talk of his bigger works and the DT series. When I think back on ALL the short stories he's done, it's pretty amazing. Ever read 'The Jaunt'? Or picture the 'Graveyard Shift' movie had it been EXACTLY like the story? There's all sorts of stories . . .
We mostly get caught up in talk of his bigger works and the DT series. When I think back on ALL the short stories he's done, it's pretty amazing. Ever read 'The Jaunt'? Or picture the 'Graveyard Shift' movie had it been EXACTLY like the story? There's all sorts of stories . . .
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3:06AM on 05/11/2012
Dude, The Jaunt is one of his stories that has stuck with me for years! I always loved that one, and thought the idea was fascinating. I actually thought it was horrific to think of what happened to the woman who got pushed in the teleporter without the other side being turned on. Always thought that story would make at LEAST a killer short on a series like Tales From the Crypt or something. LOVE that story. Good call Bigger Boat!
Dude, The Jaunt is one of his stories that has stuck with me for years! I always loved that one, and thought the idea was fascinating. I actually thought it was horrific to think of what happened to the woman who got pushed in the teleporter without the other side being turned on. Always thought that story would make at LEAST a killer short on a series like Tales From the Crypt or something. LOVE that story. Good call Bigger Boat!
5:25PM on 05/10/2012

Extras Tibit

How can one pick a favorite King novel? He has literally written every type of story. You'd be hard pressed to find one someone somewhere who wouldn't like one of his stories. In any case, my personal faves are (in no order) The Stand (Uncut), IT, Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption, The Body, Insomnia, Christine, The Gunslinger... I mean the list is just enormous.
How can one pick a favorite King novel? He has literally written every type of story. You'd be hard pressed to find one someone somewhere who wouldn't like one of his stories. In any case, my personal faves are (in no order) The Stand (Uncut), IT, Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption, The Body, Insomnia, Christine, The Gunslinger... I mean the list is just enormous.
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2:19PM on 05/10/2012
the reach was both heartbreaking and inspiring to me. my favourite short story of his is the mist. the movie was good up until the end. just hated it.
the reach was both heartbreaking and inspiring to me. my favourite short story of his is the mist. the movie was good up until the end. just hated it.
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1:57PM on 05/10/2012

Extra Tidbit

The illustrations in that book made it much more scary. They were great. That is how a werewolf should look.
The illustrations in that book made it much more scary. They were great. That is how a werewolf should look.
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11:47AM on 05/10/2012

The Storm Of The Century

I know I'm in the minority on this one but I loved the ABC mini with Colm Feore.
I know I'm in the minority on this one but I loved the ABC mini with Colm Feore.
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1:56PM on 05/10/2012
I believe you mean Storm of the Century, and yes, it was very good.
I believe you mean Storm of the Century, and yes, it was very good.
5:14PM on 05/10/2012
If I'm not mistaken, Storm of the Century was not a adaptation. It was an original teleplay written by King for television. It was good though.
If I'm not mistaken, Storm of the Century was not a adaptation. It was an original teleplay written by King for television. It was good though.