Stephen King's Different Seasons

Stephen King seems to be having almost as good of a year as Kevin Costner when it comes to high profile news. The teaser for the big screen re-adaptation of his first novel, Carrie, just recently hit the web, and now word has come that the only unadapted tale in King’s four story collection, Different Seasons, is finally being turned into a film.

The book already spawned two modern classics with Stand By Me and The Shawshank Redemption as well as Bryan Singer’s dark but less memorable drama Apt Pupil. The remaining tale, “The Breathing Method“, is a smaller story than any of those and readers would be hard pressed to see the cinematic angle within it.

Per Deadline, that hasn’t deterred director Scott Derrickson. Fresh off of his success with the Ethan Hawke-starring horror film Sinister, Derrickson has begun development on a film adaptation of the story. There’s no script as of yet, but it will be interesting to see how it gets turned into a proper film.

“The Breathing Method” begins at a men’s club with old friends sharing odd stories including one about a lower-class woman determined to give birth to the child inside her. Society and the lack of a husband makes it a difficult endeavor, but she refuses to give up the child. The doctor telling the story relates how that determination carried on even past the point of a horrific accident. It’s a well-told tale, but it’s also fairly one note in regard to its Tales from the Crypt or Twilight Zone-type ending.

Have you read “The Breathing Method?” Can you see it making for a recognizable feature film? Or will this be another The Lawnmower Man…?


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