The Talisman: Spielberg & Duffer Bros. Adaptation of Stephen King’s novel into a series

Stephen King and Peter Straub’s fantasy horror novel The talisman will be turned into a series with Oscar winner Steven Spielberg (The soldier James Ryan, Schindlers List, jaw) in collaboration with the Emmy-nominated Duffer Brothers (Strange things) to finally make the project a reality, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Mark and Ross Duffer will produce the series adaptation, which will be produced by Netflix in association with Spielberg’s Amblin Television and Paramount Television.

Spielberg acquired the screen rights The talisman The filmmaker spent over 35 years trying to turn the story into a film. Now the story of the young Jack Sawyer goes on the small screen.

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The talisman follows a 12-year-old boy named Jack Sawyer as he embarks on an epic road trip quest to save the life of his dying mother. He is looking for the talisman, a powerful relic that can not only heal his mother but, he learns, save the world. Sawyer’s journey crosses two realities: the America we know and its dangerous twin from the fantasy world, The Territories.

Emmy nominee Curtis Gwinn will serve as the showrunner and writer for the project. Gwinn worked as a writer and executive producer for the Duffer Brothers’ Strange things Series for Netflix. His credits also include Narcos, The rest, and the Walking Dead.

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The Duffer Brothers will be executive producing through their Monkey Massacre Productions. Spielberg will be executive producing on Amblin Television with partners Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey. King and Paramount Television will also serve as executive producers. Todd Cohen, along with Spielberg, Frank and Falvey, will oversee the daily development of the series for Amblin.

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King and Straub wrote a follow-up novel, Black house, in 2001, following a now grown-up Jack as a retired Los Angeles homicide detective trying to solve a series of murders in a small town in Wisconsin.

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