So for example, in the Victorian era, the character Sexton Blake first appeared in a short story, and progressed (in the hands of many different writers) through novels, comic strips, stage plays, radio adaptations, and eventually movies and TV series. (many decades later!)
I'm wondering if the same thing could ever happen today. Does anyone know of any contemporary short stories which eventually, through whatever path of adaptations, became the source material of films or TV shows. Doesn't matter if the exact story wasn't adapted - just the character or world or any other recognisable aspect being preserved in the final adaptation will do.
Any genre is fine - historical, detective, horror, fantasy, scifi - perhaps something by Stephen King, or a literary detective such as Morse or Rebus (I don't think either of those started as a short story). Or a 'world' is fine, e.g. something like Terry Pratchett's Discworld (which started as a novel so doesn't count).
Over to you!!
UPDATE Brokeback Mountain is a great suggestion of a contemporary short-story-to-film journey ... can anyone come up with a short-story-to-TV equivalent?