Stephen King's ‘The Talisman’ (TBC)


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Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars, New Mutants) To Adapt Stephen King & Peter Straub’s ‘The Talisman’


Boone has been tapped to pen Amblin Entertainment’s adaptation of Stephen King and Peter Straub’s horror-fantasy novel The Talisman. Although Boone is currently on the project solely to write the screenplay, there is a strong possibility that he could also be brought aboard as the film’s director. Frank Marshall is set to produce the film, with Michael Wright serving as executive producer.

Published by Viking in November 1984, The Talisman was nominated for both the Locus and World Fantasy Awards in 1985. King and Straub followed up with a sequel,Black House (2001); and a third and final book is planned.

Here’s a brief description of King and Straub’s The Talisman:
On a brisk autumn day, a twelve-year-old boy stands on the shores of the gray Atlantic, near a silent amusement park and a fading ocean resort called the Alhambra. The past has driven Jack Sawyer here: his father is gone, his mother is dying, and the world no longer makes sense. But for Jack everything is about to change. For he has been chosen to make a journey back across America–and into another realm.

One of the most influential and heralded works of fantasy ever written, The Talisman is an extraordinary novel of loyalty, awakening, terror, and mystery. Jack Sawyer, on a desperate quest to save his mother’s life, must search for a prize across an epic landscape of innocents and monsters, of incredible dangers and even more incredible truths. The prize is essential, but the journey means even more. Let the quest begin. . .


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I thought the Talisman was really good with some great characters and imagery.

After the Dark Tower adaptation, I worry they'll just turn out another turd that cerry picks a few ideas and does no justice to the source material.


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To be directed by Mike Barker (THE HANDMAID’S TALE)
Barker is a veteran TV director whose credits include Fargo, Outlander and Broadchurch as well as the TV movie Moby Dick starring Ethan Hawke and William Hurt.

On the feature side, he also directed the 1999 indie Best Laid Plans starring Reese Witherspoon and Josh Brolin, the 2004 drama A Good Woman starring Helen Hunt and Scarlett Johansson, and the 2007 kidnapping thriller Shattered starring Pierce Brosnan and Gerard Butler.

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