Stephen King: ‘Rose Madder’ Would Make A “Great Movie”

by Thomas Tuna

The horror master likes this one.

Even with so many of his works adapted to the screen, Stephen King believes there’s always room for one more. And he knows which of his bestselling collection should go next: Rose Madder.

King recently spoke to Netflix–while promoting his latest small-screen adaptation of Mr. Harrigan’s Phone–and said he thinks his 1995 horror novel would be great fodder for the screen. “I don’t think anybody ever optioned Rose Madder,” the author said, “which I thought would’ve made a great movie.”

King also placed his Hard Case Crime novel, Joyland, in that category. That book was optioned by Tate Taylor (The Help), but it never made it to the screen. Taylor “did a terrific script,” King said, “and I thought it would make a hell of a movie.”

In Rose Madder, Rosie Daniels is “roused by a single drop of blood” and wakes up to the chilling realization that her husband is going to kill her. Fleeing, Rosie “begins to build a new life and finds an old junk shop painting–Rose Madder–which strangely seems to want her as much as she wants it.”

But it’s hard for Rosie not to keep looking over her shoulder. A corrupt cop named Norman “with a dog’s instinct for tracking people” is after her. And Rosie can feel just how close he’s getting.

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