Stephen King’s ‘The Monkey’ Slated For Screen Adaptation

by Thomas Tuna

This toy is no fun.

Just when you thought maybe filmmakers had run out of Stephen King masterworks to adapt, another rears its frightening head.

This time, James Wan (and friends) will produce a screen version of King’s The Monkey, a short story that’s part of the 1985 collection Skeleton Crew. And this week, the project landed its lead, according to a report on Deadline.

Theo James (The White Lotus) will lead the cast, and work with writer/director Osgood Perkins (Longlegs). No production schedule or release window has been announced, but Black Bear International will launch sales on the feature ahead of the Cannes Film Market.

In The Monkey, twin brothers Hal and Bill find their father’s old monkey toy in the attic–which seems to trigger “a series of gruesome deaths that start all around them,” according to the synopsis.

Understandably, the brothers throw the toy away and get on with their lives, growing apart over the years. But then, when the deaths start again, “the brothers reunite to find a way to destroy the monkey before it takes the lives of everyone close to them.”

Keep reading Horror News Network for further updates on this adaptation of The Monkey.


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