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An author as prolific and popular as Stephen King has seen plenty of adapations of his work for film and television, but this time he's getting a little more directly involved.

King wrote the script for the adaptation of his novella A Good Marriage, the story of a woman who finds out her husband is a serial killer. King talked to Entertainment Weekly about the film, which is directed by Peter Askin and stars Joan Allen, Anthony Lapaglia, Stephen Lang and Kristen Connolly. It's due out Oct. 3.

"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. ... 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."

Although he wrote the script, King never showed up on set.

"We stayed in contact through the whole time of the shoot but I was never on set. And you know what? The director loves that."

King's latest novel, Mr. Mercedes debuted at No. 2 on USA TODAY's Best-Selling Books list in June.

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