More Stephen King is making its way to the big screen.
Amblin Entertainment has tapped filmmaker Josh Boone to write the adaptation of The Talisman, the 1984 fantasy novel King co-wrote with Peter Straub, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
The novel tells the story of Jack Sawyer, a young boy who must travel from New Hampshire to California to save his mother, who is dying of cancer. Along the way, he learns of an alternate universe known as The Territories, where “twinners” (alternate versions of people from our own world) live. Jack must travel through both the U.S. and the Territories to find an object known as the Talisman, that he believes will save his mother live.
Frank Marshall is producing and Michael Wright is executive producing. Boone is known as the director of The Fault in Our Stars, and has X-Men spinoff New Mutants out April 13, 2018.
The Talisman development comes as projects based on King’s works have become particularly hot, with Warner Bros.’ It making more than $606 million worldwide and Netflix’s Gerald’s Game earning strong reviews. Warner Bros.’ The Dark Tower stalled at the box office in August, but there is a TV series in the works. Also on television, AT&T’s Audience Network just renewed Mr. Mercedes for a second season, while Hulu has Castle Rock, a horror anthology based on his works, set for 2018.
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