A Good Marriage

Screen Media Films

It’s only been ten months since a Stephen King film was playing in theaters, but we’re already just two months away from the next. Once upon a time that year-long wait between adaptations would have seemed crazy– back in the ’80s and early ’90s there were frequently two or three of them in the multiplexes simultaneously – but he hasn’t been nearly as ubiquitous onscreen in the 21st century. There have only been nine feature films based on his work since 2000, and pretty much only one of them is worth a damn. His latest stab at the box-office is A Good Marriage, a film written by King from his own short story. The always fantastic Joan Allen plays a woman who discovers her loving husband (Anthony LaPaglia) may just be a serial killer. There’s no shortage of movies about couples, secrets and the possibility that one of them might be a murderer, but the ones that work best (Presumed Innocent, Jagged Edge) succeed in part because of the mystery and suspense as to whether the person is guilty. The first trailer for A Good Marriage seems uninterested in taking that route. Check out the uninspired trailer below and keep reading to see what other films King has in the adaptation pipeline.

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Joan Allen

Looks like yet another Stephen King adaptation is on its way (this one joins the in-production Carrie, the still-up-for-grabs The Dark Tower, that apparent two-film It adaptation, the long-rumored The Stand remake, and maybe even an Under the Dome series and a few Rose Madder films, just for fun) to theaters, but this one is a much less well-known property that has a far more homegrown sense of terror to it than some of those old King classics. THR reports that Joan Allen will star in A Good Marriage, which King has adapted from his own novella. Peter Askin (Trumbo, Searching for Certainty) will direct the film, which comes from King’s 2010 short story collection “Full Dark, No Stars.” Shockingly, it’s not really a story about a good marriage.

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