Stephen and Owen King Sign a Pilot Script Deal at AMC for ‘Sleeping Beauties’

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Deadline is reporting that father/son duo, Stephen and Own King, have inked a deal with AMC for the development of a pilot script for a series based on their novel Sleeping Beauties, and Owen has been tapped to pen the script.

The 2017 novel was a terrifying and provocative tale that examined issues of gender-roles in a world where all the women except for one have succumbed to a sleeping disease. Upon falling asleep, they become wrapped in a gauze-like cocoon and their consciousness transported to another place.

If they are awakened or if the cocoon is disturbed in any way, they react with ferocious, brutal violence.

The novel focuses on a small Appalachian town and the male residents who find themselves left entirely without female companions and a mysterious woman named Evie, immune to the sleeping disease, who may have much more to hide than anyone suspects.

Sugar23’s Michael Sugar and Ashley Zalta will serve as executive producers on the project.

This was the first full-length collaboration between King and his son. The King family, itself, has created their own writing dynasty. King and his wife, Tabitha, are both authors and two of their three children have followed in their footsteps, with only Joe Hill using a name other than King in his published work.

Stephen King, himself, seems to be going through a bit of a revival at the moment, as well, with Pet SemataryDoctor Sleep, and It: Chapter Two all set to grace the big screen this year and a second season of Castle Rock coming soon, as well, just to name a few.

No doubt more details will be forthcoming about Sleeping Beauties as Owen begins working on the script and iHorror will keep you posted on all the information as it becomes available.

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Waylon Jordan is a lifelong fan of genre fiction and film especially those with a supernatural element. He firmly believes that horror reflects collective fears of society and can be used as a tool for social change.