Stephen King.
Stephen King.

Stephen King (September 21, 1947) is an American author who has written over 49 novels and dozens of short stories. His works have been adapted into numerous film, television, comic, and graphic novel woks. Over 30 of his numerous works have been adapted into highly successful movies and television shows, including Carrie, The Shawshank Redemption, and The Green Mile, which was nominated for dozens of awards such as Best Picture (Frank Darabont) and Best Writing in a Screenplay (Frank Darabont) and won many others, including Best Actor (To Hanks), and Best Supporting Actor (Michael Clark Duncan). King also does a hefty amount of screenwriting, doing so for such films as Creepshow and Pet Sematary. King continues to write novels and screenplays, though at a lesser rate than before, due to a terrible car crash that occurred in mid 1999.

Carrie



Promotional poster for the 1976 adaptation, Carrie.
Promotional poster for the 1976 adaptation, Carrie.

Carrie (1974) was King's first published novel. It was turned into a movie in 1976 by Brian De Palma, with the leading role given to Sissy Spacek. In an interview done in 1977, De Palma stated, in regards to how he got the job of director,

"I read the book. It was suggested to me by a writer friend of mine. A writer friend of his, Stephen King, had written it. I guess this was almost two years ago [circa 1975]. I liked it a lot and proceeded to call my agent to find out who owned it. I found out that nobody had bought it yet. A lot of studios were considering it, so I called around to some of the people I knew and said it was a terrific book and I'm very interested in doing it. Then nothing happened for, I guess, six months."

It should be worth noting that, unlike in most other works adapted from Stephen King's book, King had no involvement in the movie. He was paid his dues, a paltry $2,500 for the film rights, and the rest was in De Palma's hands. The film's screenplay was written by Lawrence D. Cohen. The film was immensely popular when it was released, and many film sites rank it as one of the top movies of 1976. The plot followed King's original story fairly closely, hitting the same beats as the novel, but changing the specifics(for example, all of the characters who die in the novel, die in the film, only in different ways).

Notice in the below trailer that it is "based on the best selling novel," but, aside from the name appearing in the credits, Stephen King is not mentioned at all in the trailer or movie. The movie is distinctly its own.








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