More and more it seems that Stephen King is on a roll in movies and TV. The 80s seemed to be King's heyday, but now it seems safe to say that these past few years might take that crown in the end. Case in point, King's 2006 psychological horror-romance best-seller Lisey's Story is next up for adaptation. And it's set to be one hell of an adaptation at that. Not only will the novel be turned into a TV series for Apple, but King will be executive producing along with J.J. Abrams, and the series is all set to star Oscar winner Julianne Moore.
And if that talent wasn't enough to instantly interest you in the upcoming horror-drama series, then maybe this will do the trick: King will be penning the scripts for all eight episodes of the adaptation. Nice, right? Apple snatched up the drama and gave it a straight-to-series order following a multiple-outlet bidding war. J.J. Abrams will produce under his Bad Robot Productions label with the above-mentioned Julianne Moore executive producing along with King, Abrams and Bad Robot's Ben Stephenson.
Producers are now searching for some "high-profile directors" to take the helm of this sure-to-be must-see series.
Fittingly, Lisey's Story is set in the fictional town of Castle Rock, Maine and will follow Moore as the titular Lisey, a woman who lost her husband after a twenty-five-year marriage of "profound and sometimes frightening intimacy." In true King fashion, her husband was an award-winning, bestselling novelist and - to put it lightly - a very complicated man. Early in their relationship, before they married, Lisey knew there was a place Scott went-a place that both terrified and healed him, could eat him alive or give him the ideas he needed in order to live. Now it's Lisey's turn to face Scott's demons, to go to that terrifying place known as Boo'ya Moon. What begins as a widow's effort to sort through the papers of her celebrated husband becomes a nearly fatal journey into the darkness he inhabited.
Lisey's Story marks the third collaboration of Stephen King and J.J. Abrams on the small screen. First Abrams produced a Hulu limited series adaptation of King's novel 11.22.63 starring James Franco, Josh Duhamel, and Chris Cooper. And then Abrams is also a producer on Hulu's anthology series Castle Rock from writers Sam Shaw and Dustin Thomason. On top of these TV projects, King is no stranger to small screen takes on his books. In fact, the man has been adapted for the small screen countless times with projects such as Audience Network's Mr. Mercedes, The Mist, Under the Dome, Nightmares & Dreamscapes, Storm of the Century, The Stand, and The Tommyknockers to name a few.
Up next for King on the small screen will be a handful of episodes of Shudder's upcoming Creepshow revival series, which is based on King's horror anthology film directed by George A. Romero (Dawn of the Dead, Night of the Living Dead). And Amazon's upcoming adaptation of King's magnum opus book series The Dark Tower, which recently snagged lead actors in the form of Sam Strike and Jasper Pääkkönen. This news comes to us via The Hollywood Reporter.