Steven Spielberg Teaming with 'Stranger Things' Creators to Adapt Stephen King and Peter Straub's 'The Talisman'!
Sometimes, dreams really do come true...
...Back in 1984, authors Stephen King and Peter Straub co-wrote the horror fantasy epic The Talisman, which Steven Spielberg immediately bought the rights to, and has spent the last few decades trying to adapt. Now, via THR, we've learned that an adaptation for the small screen is finally happening, with the Duffer Brothers (Stranger Things) executive producing alongside Spielberg!
Curtis Gwinn, who worked as a writer-exec producer on the Duffers’ Stranger Things, will act as writer and showrunner of the project
In The Talisman:
"Jack Sawyer, twelve years old, is about to begin a most fantastic journey, an exalting, terrifying quest for the mystical Talisman—the only thing that can save Jack’s dying mother. But to reach his goal, Jack must make his way not only across the breadth of the United States but also through the wondrous and menacing parallel world of the Territories.
In the Territories, Jack finds another realm, where the air is so sweet and clear a man can smell a radish being pulled from the ground a mile away—and a life can be snuffed out instantly in the continuing struggle between good and evil. Here Jack discovers “Twinners,” reflections of the people he knows on earth—most notably Queen Laura, the Twinner of Jack’s own imperiled mother. As Jack “flips” between worlds, making his way westward toward the redemptive Talisman, a sequence of heart-stopping encounters challenges him at every step.”
The Duffer Brothers will executive produce, along with Netflix in association with Spielberg’s Amblin Television and Paramount Television Studios.
Considering that Stranger Things is hugely influenced by King and Spielberg's work, this feels like a match made in heaven.
More details here as we learn them.
By Matt Konopka