Only yesterday we said how barely a month goes by without news of a new Stephen King adaptation in the works, and today brings yet another King-driven project in development.
Via Deadline, Ben Stiller has picked up the option to turn King’s Rat into a feature film. Not just that, but Stiller has plans to star in, write, produce, and direct this picture.
Rat is from King’s recent If It Bleeds collection, with yesterday’s news being that fellow If It Bleeds tale Mr. Harrigan’s Phone was being adapted for Netflix by Blumhouse and American Horror Story creator Ryan Murphy.
The synopsis for Rat reads:
The story centres on a writer named Drew Larson. He’s given himself over to academia because every time he tries to turn a good idea into a novel, things go seriously bad – mentally, physically, or both. But his latest concept, a Western thriller, is gangbusters, and he goes out to an old family cabin in the woods to get the novel done. When storms, insecurities, and sickness hit, Drew strikes a sinister bargain with a rat that turns out to be a thought-provoking spin on a Monkey’s Paw situation. The rat offers to get rid of his writer’s block in exchange for one of Larson’s loved ones dying.
Consisting of four unreleased King stories, If It Bleeds was released this past April. With Stiller at work on Rat, that means that all four of these tales are being adapted – with Darren Aronofsky’s Protozoa banner having the rights to The Life of Chuck, and HBO having tentative plans to adapt the titular If It Bleeds into their The Outsider.