In a 2017 interview with vulture, King was asked about the movies “1922” and “Gerald’s Game”. The author emphasizes that it “doesn’t [his] “gives advice to directors on how to adapt his books, but he’s always eager when they do. Indeed, he’s quite commendable for the work ‘1922” director Zak Hilditch has done. King explained:
“With ‘1922’, I was a bit surprised that anyone wanted to make it? I was, and I was very pleased with the challenge of it, and can’t wait to see what comes out. And you know, ‘1922 ‘ reminded me one of them was a movie called ‘There Will Be Blood.’ It has the same flat eye, dead eye, effect on it, so it makes for a really good suspense image and it’s a movie that won’t leave my mind.It has that kind of toxic effect. , it just kind of sticks there because some of the pictures are so good.”
Although King didn’t say why he thought adapting “1922” would be a challenge, one reason could be the way he wrote the novel. The story is written in first person from Wilfred’s perspective, and it’s always been a challenge to translate that POV into a visual medium. The film had to deal with narration to keep the voices of Wilfred and King’s characters.
However, King seems unaffected by that – he may be the only reviewer to compare “1922” to “There Will Be Blood.” I, for one person, would be more reserved in my praise. While the “1922” is as paced as a page turner and a satisfying macabre watch, it’s too modest to be noticeable. While you don’t lose interest in watching it, the movie won’t haunt you the way “There Will Be Blood” or a good Stephen King book would.
https://www.slashfilm.com/973243/1922-wasnt-a-story-stephen-king-expected-to-see-on-film/ 1922 is not the story Stephen King expected to see on film