News: Stephen King Novella The Gingerbread Girl Getting Film Adaptation

The Stephen King novella The Gingerbread Girl has been optioned by Brainstorm Media, who plan to distribute the film in North America. Radiant Films International is handling the foreign distribution sales efforts Cannes. The script was written by Stephen King and Craig R. Baxley, and will be directed by Baxley. Mitchell Galin will produce. Casting is currently underway. 

 Baxley has collaborated on multiple King properties, previously directing the King adaptations Storm of the Century, The Triangle, Kingdom Hospital, and Rose Red. Galin also has a long history with King, producing the adaptations of King’s Pet Sematary, The Stand, Thinner, The Night Flier, Creepshow 2, The Langoliers, and Golden Years.

The Gingerbread Girl first appeared in Esquire magazine, and was then included in the 2008 anthology Just After Sunset. The story focuses on Emily, a woman recovering from a recent loss in a secluded house in the loneliest stretch of New England. She avoids contact with her husband and her father and channels her grief into a grueling daily running regimen. This is doing her all kinds of good, until one day she makes the mistake of looking into the driveway of a man named Pickering. Pickering also enjoys privacy, but the young women he brings to his home suffer the consequences of knowing him. The tension hinges on whether she will be next.

“We are excited to be working with Craig and Mitchell on this film. This cat-and-mouse thriller will appeal to Stephen King fans everywhere,” said Meyer Shwarzstein, President of Brainstorm Media.

“You cannot find a more valuable or bankable name than Stephen King in today’s market, and this pulse-pounding thriller with memorable characters and gripping tension will be exactly what buyers are looking for in Cannes,” said Radiant CEO Mimi Steinbauer.”