A new take on Stephen King‘s Hearts in Atlantis is in the works. The Other Side of the Door‘s Johannes Roberts will direct an adaptation simply titled Hearts. Although Hearts in Atlantis was brought to the screen in 2001, that adaptation was focused primarily on two of the book’s stories, “Low Men in Yellow Coats” and “Heavenly Shades of Night Are Falling.” Hearts will adapt the book’s title story, officially described as follows:
Stephen King, whose first novel, Carrie, was published in 1974, the year before the last U.S. troops withdrew from Vietnam, is the first hugely popular writer of the TV generation. Images from that war–and the protests against it–had flooded America’s living rooms for a decade. Hearts in Atlantis, King’s newest fiction, is composed of five interconnected, sequential narratives, set in the years from 1960 to 1999. Each story is deeply rooted in the sixties, and each is haunted by the Vietnam War.
In the title story, a bunch of college kids get hooked on a card game, discover the possibility of protest…and confront their own collective heart of darkness, where laughter may be no more than the thinly disguised cry of the beast.
Hearts joins a number of Stephen King adaptations on the way to the big screen. The Dark Tower arrives from Sony Pictures on February 17, 2017 with a tie-in television series planned that will adapt King’s Wizard and Glass. IT is also now in production at Warner Bros. and planned for a September 8, 2017 release.