When horror master Stephen King wants something, he usually gets it. So, it should come as no surprise that his 2006 novel Lisey’s Story–which the best-selling author has called “my favorite of the books”–is nearing its live-action TV premiere.
The TV adaptation–announced back in April 2019 and reported on here in Horror News Network–is set for an eight-episode limited series on Apple TV+, according to comicbook.com. The series–starring Julianne Moore, Clive Owen, Joan Allen and Dane DeHaan–has no definite debut date at this time.
King recently said he is working with director Pablo Larrain to develop the show, adding that he has already written scripts for the series–which will include additional material not seen in the original novel.
King said in a recent interview that Larrain has “a lot of ideas that don’t depart from the throughline of the story, but are beautiful visual things with a lot of energy involved. It’s like having more depth perception–I’m like one eye and he’s the other eye.”
King added that he prefers the television treatment for Lisey’s Story because “it’s tough to take a book that is fully textured and do it in two hours, 10 minutes. But as a TV show, you have 10 hours.”The novel–nominated for the World Fantasy Award–tells the story of Lisey Landon, the widow of a famous novelist. The book really relates two stories: Lisey’s story in the present time and the story of her deceased husband’s life as remembered by Lisey.
King explained that the idea for the novel sprang from a serious accident he had back in 1999, when he was struck by a van and was forced to undergo five operations and a three-week hospital stay. When he returned home, his wife Tabitha had been working on redesigning his studio, and he saw what his life may look like after his death.
Keep reading Horror News Network for further updates on Lisey’s Story on Apple TV+.