The Talisman: Spielberg and Duffer Bros. adapt Stephen King’s novel into a series
The horror fantasy novel by Stephen King and Peter Straub The Talisman is being adapted into a series with Oscar winner Steven Spielberg (Save Private Ryan, Schindler’s list, Jaws) by teaming up with the Emmy nominated Duffer Brothers (Strange things) to finally make the project a reality, according to Hollywood journalist. Mark and Ross Duffer will produce in direction of the adaptation of the series produced by Netflix in association with Amblin Television of Spielberg and Paramount Television.
Spielberg acquired the screen rights to The Talisman two years before the book was published in 1984. The filmmaker has spent over 35 years trying to turn history into film. Now the story of young Jack Sawyer is heading to the small screen.
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The Talisman follows a 12-year-old boy named Jack Sawyer who embarks on an epic road quest to save his dying mother’s life. He is in search of the Talisman, a powerful relic that can not only heal his mother but, as he learns, save the world. Sawyer’s journey crosses two realities: America as we know it and its dangerous fantasy twin, The Territories.
Emmy nominee Curtis Gwinn will act as showrunner and screenwriter for the project. Gwinn worked as a screenwriter and executive producer on the Duffer Brothers’ Strange things series for Netflix. His credits also include Narcos, Leftovers, and The walking dead.
The Duffer Brothers will be producing through their Monkey Massacre Productions. Spielberg will be executive producer via Amblin Television with partners Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey. King and Paramount Television will also be executive producers. Todd Cohen will oversee the daily development of the series for Amblin, along with Spielberg, Frank and Falvey.
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King and Straub wrote a follow-up novel, Black house, in 2001, which follows a now adult Jack as a retired Los Angeles homicide detective trying to solve a series of murders in a small town in Wisconsin.
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