The latest Stephen King adaptation in the works is The Talisman, the best-selling novel he co-wrote with Peter Straub (released in 1984). Yesterday, Variety announced Josh Boone has been hired to pen a screenplay for Amblin Entertainment, who had initially planned to develop the book into a TV series. No doubt inspired by the record-breaking success of Andy Muschietti’s IT, they’ve decided the feature film route is the way to go.
Official Novel Synopsis: Why had twelve-year-old Jack Sawyer’s mother frantically moved the two of them from Rodeo Drive to a New York City apartment to the Alhambra, a fading ocean resort and shuttered amusement park in New Hampshire? Who or what is she running from? She is dying . . . and even young Jack knows she can’t outrun death. But only he can save her—for he has been chosen to search for a prize across an epic landscape of dangers and lies, a realm of innocents and monsters, where everything Jack loves is on the line.
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While this will be the first adaptation based on The Talisman, The Gracefield Incident writer/director Mathieu Ratthe lobbied to produce the story back in 2008. To that end, he produced an incredible proof-of-concept video that’s a chilling short film in and of itself, an incredible standalone that hints at vast and terrifying universes just beyond our grasp.
Give it a watch and I think you’ll agree, we’ll be lucky if Amblin produces something half as compelling and immediately engrossing as Ratthe’s film. Time will tell.
Official Synopsis: “The Talisman – “DEMO SCENE” is based on a novel by Stephen King and Peter Straub. My main objective for creating this piece is to demonstrate my directing ability and my vision to the producers who own the rights to the story: STEVEN SPIELBERG & KATHLEEN KENNEDY. Among the key players who lent their support to this project are Cameron Bright (X-Men: The Last Stand, Birth) who starred in the leading role, the Montreal-based company Buzz Image (300; The Aviator) who created the visual effects. The scene was shot in two days.
We’ll keep our ears to the ground in order to bring you additional Talisman news as details emerge. Stay tuned!
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