Stephen King Novel ‘Joyland’ Becoming Freeform TV Series

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While the theatrical movie adaptations of Stephen King’s works may get the bulk of fan attention, one shouldn’t discount just how much the TV medium has meant to King adaptations over the years. For starters, there’s iconic miniseries like IT and The Stand.

In more recent years, there’s also been more long-form series adaptations of King’s novels and short stories, including Haven on Syfy, Under the Dome on CBS, The Mist on Spike TV, 11/22/63 on Hulu, and the currently running Mr. Mercedes and Castle Rock TV shows.

Now, Deadline reports that yet another King book is set to be adapted to the small screen in series form, that being the author’s 2013 mystery Joyland. The adaptation is being produced for cable network Freeform, which up until a few years back was known as ABC Family.

While in essence more of a crime thriller than a horror piece, Joyland is still very much a King story, and features brutal murders, shocking twists, and supernatural elements. The story centers on Devin, a college student working for the summer at the titular amusement park.

Joyland is in early development, and thus has no cast yet, and no timetable for its premiere. The duo of Chris Pena (Insecure) and Cyrus Nowrasteh (Hawaii Five-0) will write the pilot script and produce, while Bill Haber (Nightmares & Dreamscapes) executive produces.

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