Duffer Bros To Develop Stephen King/Peter Straub Novel ‘The Talisman’ For Netflix With Spielberg Producing
‘Stranger Things’ creators The Duffer Bros are set to team up with Steven Spielberg to develop the Stephen King/Peter Straub novel ‘The Talisman’ for Netflix it has been revealed.
The story follows Jack Sawyer, a 12-year-old boy, who sets off on an epic adventure to find a relic, “The Talisman”, in an attempt to save his mother who is dying from cancer. His journey not only takes him across the American heartland but also it’s fantasy alternate universe twin, known as “The Territories”. In this parallel world, violence, surprise and the titanic struggle between good and evil reach across a mythic landscape.
The book was originally published in 1984, although Spielberg was so enamoured with the idea, he pre-bought the screen-rights to the novel in 1982, two years before it was published. He then spent the next 39 years attempting to make a film version of it, and whilst a few scripts had been produced over the year, it never quite managed to get there until now, when it will come to Netflix as a series.
Curtis Gwinn, who previously worked with the Duffers on ‘Stranger Things’, along with working on Netflix’s ‘Narcos’, AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead’, and HBO’s ‘The Leftovers’, is set to be writer and showrunner on the project. Matt and Ross Duffer are set to exec produce the series via their Monkey Massacre Productions, alongside Spielberg, Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey via Amblin Television. King himself also exec produces, along with Paramount Television.
‘The Talisman’ is still “in development” at the moment, so may not go to series, but we’ll let you know when we hear more.