To say that Hollywood likes adapting Stephen King novels is a lot like saying that they enjoy putting Ryan Reynolds in undeserving leading roles or that they think it’s totally okay to give Seth Rogen $20 million to hang out with his buddies and smoke a ton of weed. From Stanley Kubrick to Frank Darabont, Oscar winning filmmakers have been clawing at each other since the ‘70s to turn the next, best Stephen King book into a film.

This Friday, however, will mark a stark change in the way we view adapted material. For the first time in King’s career, he will be forced to watch an adaptation of an adaptation of an adaptation of his 1974 classic Carrie. Starring that smack talking girl from Kick-Ass, Chloe Grace Moretz, and four time Oscar-nominated actress Julianne Moore, Carrie will surely look to cash in on the 1976 cult horror classic made famous by director Brian De Palma and actresses Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie. That third use of “adaptation” comes from the 1988 Broadway play, by the way – which is also currently getting it’s own remake.

There is plenty of money to be made with 2013’s Carrie, but for any savvy, forward-thinking studio executive – or anyone that likes original ideas for that matter – here are ten Stephen King books that would make for an even better feature film than a rehashed version of previously treaded on material.

Joyland (2013)

Released by Hard Case Crime this past summer, Joyland is King’s ode to the paperback dime novels he grew up reading as a kid. When College student Devin Jones takes a summer job at a cheesy Southern amusement park called ‘Joyland,’ he hopes he’ll forget the girl who broke his heart. Fate, however, has different plans for the teenager because he winds up facing something far more terrible: the legacy of a vicious murderer, the destiny of a dying child, and plenty of dark truths about life itself.

Featuring copious amounts of twists and turns, Joyland is an amusement park story unlike any Hollywood has seen before. With it’s 1970s setting, eclectic cast of characters, and a thrilling rather than horrifying narrative, if Paul Thomas Anderson ever adapts a King novel, this would be it.

11/22/63 (2011)

Okay, this selection comes with a bit of a caveat. In April of this year, Mr. Star Wars/Star Trek himself J.J. Abrams revealed that he planned on turning the sprawling novel into a TV show. But because that show has yet to be released, I have all the right to discuss it here. 11/22/63 is about a time traveler who ventures back to the 1960s in order to stop Lee Harvey Oswald from assassinating President John F. Kennedy.

Reading like a history fanatic’s’ version of Back To The Future, 11/22/63 would make for some pretty compelling cinema – especially with the 50th anniversary of JFK’s death falling later this year.

American Vampire (2010)

In the Twilight, True Blood, vampire-centric world we live in, who can blame Stephen King from trying to milk a little moola from the cash cow? His 2010 graphic novel writing debut – co-written by the Eisner-winning scribe Scott Snyder – takes place in the Wild West and chronicles the blood-sucking exploits of an aspiring actress who is part of a new breed of vampires. Bloody, creative, and all together pulpy, American Vampire is the perfect marriage of Deadwood and Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Vampire euphoria seems to be on its way out of Hollywood, but King’s tale would be the genre’s perfect swan song.

The Talisman (1984)

Written in part with Peter Straub, The Talisman tells the story of a twelve-year-old boy named Jack Sawyer who embarks on an epic quest to find the talisman that will save his dying mother’s life. Heart-felt and epic in scope, Jack’s journey finds him inexplicably sent into a fantastical land known as the Territories. Basically, this place is a parallel medieval universe where most people from his own world have doppelgangers called “twinners.”

The queen of the Territories, Jack’s mother’s “twinner,” is also dying and it becomes his mission to save her. Sure, the word “twinner” might take some getting used to, but The Talisman has all the makings to be a hit Disney-esque animated film. You hear that Jay Baruchel? How To Train Your Dragon has finally met its match.

From A Buick 8 (2002)

Referencing both Bob Dylan and prolific horror writer H.P. Lovecraft in the same title is no small feat, but King’s 2002 novel From A Buck 8 manages to do just that. As far the story’s plot is concerned, picture the trunk of that magical car 1990’s rapper Coolio brought to the beach in the music video for “Fantastic Voyage.” Now, instead of having beautiful, scantily clad women mysteriously come out of its trunk, imagine horrific, bizarre beasts immerging from the back of his ride.

From A Buick 8is written like a ghost story, with the members of Police Troop D recanting the spooky tale of a beat-up 1953 Buick Roadmaster that functions as a gateway to an alternate dimension. Episodic in style, the 2002 novel could easily make for a creepy feature film.

Gray Matter, From Night Shift (1978)

Night Shift is King’s first published collection of short stories. While Children of the Corn remains the most acclaimed yarn from the compilation, no other work compares to the pure, unrelenting fun that is Gray Matter. Functioning more like an over-the-top alcohol PSA than a true work of fiction, the story centers around a small East Coast village and the murderous, mutating alcoholic it houses. I can already see Mel Gibson, in the title role, mean-mugging the screen while fungus exponentially grows on his face; a dead cat in between his teeth.

Roadwork (1981)

Published using his pen name alter ego Richard Bachman, Roadwork takes place in an unnamed Midwestern city during the years 1973 and 1974. Barton George Dawes, grieving over the death of his son and the disintegration of his marriage, is driven to the farthest reaches of mental instability when he learns that both his home and his workplace will be demolished in order to make room for an extension of the town’s interstate highway. Hugh Jackman circa this year’s Prisoners would be perfect for the role of Barton.

Being all burly and powerful and scary and stuff, Dawes is the epitome of the middle class worker’s plight with corporate society. Sound familiar? With our current debt crisis, there is no better “every man versus the political machine” narrative than this harrowing tale.

The Eyes of the Dragon (1987)

Game of Thrones ain’t got nothing on Stephen King. Released back in the late ‘80s, the author’s sudden turn to fantasy writing stemmed from all of the bedtime stories he used to conjure up for his daughter. The 384-page tome ended up being a lot longer than a simple children’s tale, but the added complexity nonetheless resulted in a thoroughly enjoyable narrative about good and evil, magic, sorcery, and plenty of mystery.

Thinner (1984)

Thinner is the South Beach Diet of books. It tells the story of Billy Halleck, who accidentally commits vehicular homicide after his lack of attention to the road ends with the death of an old lady. The incredibly obese Halleck is a lawyer with more connections than Saul Goodman, though, and he gets off with barely a slap on the wrist. After his trial, a gypsy curses him with a single word, “thinner.” Halleck begins to lose weight uncontrollably and must pursue the band of gypsies who are responsible for his dwindling condition. This premise has Oscar bait written all over it.

Doctor Sleep (2013)

The follow up to his hugely successful novel The Shining, this instantly-riveting novel about the now middle-aged Danny Torrance and the very special twelve-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals reads more like a stand-alone novel than a true sequel. Picture this: Sean Hayes as Dan. Miley Cyrus as said special twelve year-old girl. Boom. Summer box office smash. You’re welcome Hollywood.