I’m sincerely hoping that the movie is better than the book in this case. The book is hands-down one of King’s worst.
They could start by leaving out the “shit-weasels” pretty much altogether… it wouldn’t jurt the story even a little bit.
By the way, BuddhaDog, King generally speaking is very hands-off when it comes to films made of his books and stories. He usually doesn’t write the scripts himself, and rarely takes part in the production at all, other than the occasional cameo appearance. Other than his brief (and disastrous) foray into directing with Maximum Overdrive, he pretty much is a “one-media man.”
And that said, there have also been some excellent films made of King’s work, including The Shawshank Redemption, Carrie, Stand By Me, and Misery. His style is well-suited to film when a director pays attention. I’m not sure this will be one of those times, but we’ll see…