Now, Talisman It may finally be ready to hit screens but, as befits the times, as a series.
And because sometimes it takes a town to come up with a project, Spielberg has brought together some powerful collaborators to help make adaptation a reality.
The Duffer brothers, whose own Strange things owes more than a few debts to King’s work, he will executive produce a series adapting the book, which will be produced by Netflix in association with Spielberg’s Amblin Television and Paramount Television Studios.
Curtis Gwinn, who served as a writer-executive producer on Duffers’ Strange things, will act as scriptwriter and showrunner for the project, which is in development. With the deals still closed and in negotiations, Netflix and the production parties involved had no comment.
Talisman tells of a 12-year-old boy named Jack Sawyer who goes on an epic road trip adventure to save the life of his dying mother. He is in search of the Talisman, a powerful relic that can not only heal his mother, but, as he learns, can save the world. Sawyer’s journey crosses two realities: the America we know and its dangerous twin to the fantasy world, The Territories.
The book was an instant best-seller when it hit the stories in 1984 and King and Straub reunited for a sequel in 2001. On the adaptation front, the most recent developments occurred in 2019 when Mike Barker, who directed several episodes of The maid’s tale, he participated in what was then imagined as a function.
For the new take on Talisman, Matt and Ross Duffer will serve as executive producers through Monkey Massacre Productions, while the Spielberg executive will produce through Amblin Television along with partners Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey. King will also executive produce as will Paramount Television.
Todd Cohen will oversee the day-to-day development of the Amblin project, along with Spielberg, Frank and Falvey.
After nearly 50 years, King’s work remains incredibly popular in Hollywood thanks to its large number of best-sellers and recent success, such as the recent That adaptations. the Running man and a Pet Sematario prequel are among his works in development. King is represented by Paradigm and Gang Tire.
Gwinn, who describes himself as a geek, got his start in comedy before becoming a writer and producer on AMC’s fourth season. The Walking Dead. That darker genre path led him to work with Damon Lindelof on HBO. The remains, Kurt Sutter’s gritty medieval drama The bastard executioner and Netflix’s Narcos. He is represented by 3 Arts Entertainment and Ginsburg Daniels attorney Lev Ginsburg.
The Duffers are currently preparing the fourth season of Strange things which is expected to double later this year. The series remains one of Netflix’s most popular and iconic shows. They are represented by CAA and Morris Yorn attorney Alex Kohner.