Another Stephen King adaptation is on the way. According to The Hollywood Reporter, The Talisman, which fellow horror author Peter Straub co-wrote, will be adapted into a Netflix series. And it already has some pretty impressive names attached. Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television is producing alongside Paramount Television Studios and Netflix. But that isn’t all. Matt and Ross Duffer, the creators of Netflix’s Stranger Things, will executive produce via Monkey Massacre Productions. King will also be an executive producer.
Curtis Gwinn will write and act as showrunner on The Talisman. Gwinn has worked with the Duffer Brothers on Stranger Things as a writer and executive producer. However, as deals are still under negotiations, neither Netflix nor any of the other production studios had any comments.
This is apparently not the first time Spielberg has tried to adapt The Talisman. Far from the fact, actually. As THR states, Spielberg was such a fan of King and Straub’s book that he purchased the screen rights in 1982. This was 2 years before the book was even published. He’s tried to adapt it into a feature before, most recently in 2019. Then, The Handmaid’s Tale director Mike Barker was involved. Hopefully, the project has more luck as a series.
What To Know About The Talisman
The Talisman is a dark fantasy that follows 12-year-old Jack Sawyer on a quest to save his dying mother’s life. He searches for the titular talisman, which could save her life as well as the world. His quest takes him across America as well as its fantasy-world twin, the Territories. Like many other Stephen King works, it became a best-seller when it was released in 1984.
King and Straub reunited in 2001 to release a sequel titled Black House. It picks back up on Jack Sawyer as an adult, now a retired homicide detective trying to solve a series of murders in a small town. If all things finally go well, perhaps The Talisman series will get a follow-up.