For those of you who have been waiting for a film adaptation of Stephen King and Peter Straub’s fantasy mega-novel The Talisman to get a screen version, the wait is finally over.
For over 30 years fans have been putting this dark and sometimes humorous adaptation on their wishlists. Add Steven Spielberg to the laundry list and dynamic duo producers Kennedy/Marshall and this may be the most anticipated film of the decade.
Amblin Entertainment confirmed the news today to Entertainment Weekly.
Mike Barker of Outlander and The Handmaid’s Tale will direct the film which tells the story of the intrepid Jack Sawyer who travereses through another dimension to find the titular object that can heal his dying mother.
The script is being adapted by Chris Sparling (Buried).
This isn’t the first time the book has been considered for the silver screen. In
Universal eventually bought the rights and shelved it, until the Jaws director was ready to take aim himself. Even though that never happened, it was never forgotten.
“It’s something that I’ve wanted to see come to theaters for the last 35 years,” Speilberg told EW last year, “I feel that in the very near future, that’s going to be our richest collaboration.”
There was even a TNT miniseries being developed however the hefty price tag was too rich for the network’s blood at the time.
But now it seems the time has arrived to appease the generations of fans who may be just as excited now as they were when King and Straub first announced their collaboration in print.
In 2001 the writers joined forces once more and wrote a sequel called Black House.
No word yet on if this will be a one-stop movie, or the nearly 1000-page novel will be broken up into multiple movie chapters.