Steven Spielberg & The Duffer Bros. Adapting Stephen King’s ‘The Talisman’

March 6, 2021

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A while back we reported that Mike Barker (The Handmaid’s Tale) was set to adapt Stephen King’s The Talisman. Since then there have been some changes. Steven Spielberg is now teaming up with the Duffer Brothers (“Stranger Things”) and the master of written horror himself will be involved.
Curtis Gwinn, a writer-executive producer for the Duffer Brothers’ “Stranger Things”, will serve as writer and showrunner for the adaptation produced by Netflix in association with Spielberg’s Amblin Television and Paramount Television Studios.
Reportedly, Spielberg, who has been itching to adapt King’s tale for years and secured the rights to the novel back in 1982.
In the novel, “Jack Sawyer, twelve years old, is about to begin a most fantastic journey, an exalting, terrifying quest for the mystical Talisman—the only thing that can save Jack’s dying mother. But to reach his goal, Jack must make his way not only across the breadth of the United States but also through the wondrous and menacing parallel world of the Territories.
In the Territories, Jack finds another realm, where the air is so sweet and clear a man can smell a radish being pulled from the ground a mile away—and a life can be snuffed out instantly in the continuing struggle between good and evil. Here Jack discovers “Twinners,” reflections of the people he knows on earth—most notably Queen Laura, the Twinner of Jack’s own imperiled mother. As Jack “flips” between worlds, making his way westward toward the redemptive Talisman, a sequence of heart-stopping encounters challenges him at every step.”

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