There are plenty of familiar Stephen King adaptations in the works (including a prequel and sequel to The Shining), but A Good Marriage somehow flew under all of our radars. It’s based on one of the author’s many short stories, and King actually adapted the story himself (as he did for Pet Semetary and Cell) for this movie.

In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, King had this to say about adapting his story:


“I’ve seen enough movies adapted from my work to know that the things that work the best are the things that aren’t too long and aren’t too short. Some of the stories, when they get expanded, they go in the wrong direction, and with the novels, if they’re really expansive, a lot of times it’s like sitting around a suitcase and trying to get everything in. A Good Marriage is about 100 pages long, about as long as Shawshank, or The Body, which became Stand By Me. And I liked it because it was from the woman’s point of view. I think that’s why Joan Allen got involved. She saw it as a feminist story, with a woman who wasn’t going to just become a scream machine.”

A Good Marriage stars Joan Allen (The Killing) as a happily married woman who suddenly discovers after 25 blissful years that her husband is in fact a serial killer who has been murdering women for decades.

Anthony LaPaglia (Without A Trace) plays the husband, and the fairly impressive cast also includes Kristen Connolly (House of Cards) and Stephen Lang (Avatar). A Good Marriage was directed by Peter Askin (Company Man) and is currently set to be released in the US on October 3rd. What do you think of the trailer?

A Good Marriage