ANNOUNCEMENT: Film Producer Carmelo Giardina to Adapt Stephen King Short Story

19 Jan 2014 | Categories: news | Posted by: Kevin Youkhana

“Suffer the Little Children” Will be Made Into a Short Film in 2014

(January 20, 2014) Toronto ON – Producer Carmelo Giardina has acquired a Stephen King short story on behalf of his Carmelo Giardina Productions banner.

The film will be titled “Suffer the Little Children” – the same title as the story which is featured in King’s short story collection Nightmares & Dreamscapes, published in 1993. The story itself was originally written in 1972 and was published in the February issue of Cavalier that same year.

“I’m excited to announce this project because it comes with a certain level of prestige,” commented Giardina who acquired the project back in November. “We’re going to set out to make a film worthy of the reputation that is associated with the Stephen King brand.”

The story follows a teacher, who is nearing retirement, but still at the top of her game within her profession. She knows every method possible to gain her young pupils’ attention and has a system to her disciplinary technique. It all starts to unravel when a young boy seems to turn into something inhuman, right before her eyes.

“The story centers on that line between what is real and what isn’t,” continued Giardina. “We don’t want to be definitive with the audience because we’d rather keep it a blurred line and that’s the fun in telling these types of stories. Just when you think we’re leaning toward one direction, we throw a curveball and you never quite know for sure how it’s going to pan out.”

Will the film be scary? Giardina says “it depends on how you view it. There are definitely ‘scare’ elements to the plot, but this plans on being more psychological than anything else.”

Giardina will work with writer/director Filip Terlecki on the project. The two have collaborated before and have known each other for over 20 years, but more interestingly, share a common interest for films of the late 60s and 70s – a time when a deeply personal filmmaking style was evident.

“It takes a lot of skill in order for horror to work and be convincing on screen,” assures Giardina. “Filip has a tremendous respect for the genre and I’m very confident in his ability to make a great film.”

The production plans on launching a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign in the Spring to raise money, and will be teasing the project via social media effective immediately. You can follow the production’s progress on Facebook at and on Twitter @sufferthefilm.

For more information, please visit the official web page for the project at