The latest big-screen adaptation of a Stephen King story is one that’s taken more than three decades to come to fruition.
“The Talisman,” the fantastic 1984 epic co-written by King and his longtime friend, fellow writer Peter Straub, has been picked up by Amblin Partners, Steven Spielberg’s production company, according to Entertainment Weekly. Director Mike Barker (TV’s “Outlander” and “The Handmaid’s Tale”) is set to helm the film, and Chris Sparling (“Buried,” “The Sea of Trees”) will write the screenplay.
“The Talisman” tells the story of Jack Sawyer, a boy who is swept into a monstrous alternate dimension and must find a mysterious object that will save the life of his sick mother — and possibly save the world in the process. The book was first optioned as a movie not long after its publication, with Spielberg himself championing the story. Spielberg has owned the rights to the book since it came out, and he came close to producing it as a miniseries for TV about 10 years ago, but scrapped that project.
“It’s something that I’ve wanted to see come to theaters for the last 35 years,” Spielberg told Entertainment Weekly.
“I feel that in the very near future, that’s going to be our richest collaboration,” he said of working with King.
We can add “The Talisman” to an ever-growing list of upcoming King adaptations for both television and film.
This year, we can expect movie adaptations of “Pet Sematary,” out on April 5; “IT: Chapter Two,” out on Sept. 6; and “Doctor Sleep,” premiering on Nov. 8, as well as a Netflix film of the short story “In The Tall Grass,” due sometime in late 2019. Though no premiere date has been added, there’s also a second season of Hulu’s “Castle Rock” and a third season of Audience Network’s “Mr. Mercedes” expected sometime this year, and HBO’s adaptation of “The Outsider” is filming now, with a late 2019 or early 2020 premiere expected. Adaptations of “Lisey’s Story,” “The Stand” and “The Tommyknockers” are also in the works.