To the surprise of absolutely no one–and the delight of millions of his Constant Readers–yet another Stephen King story is getting the TV treatment.
Blumhouse Television this week snapped up the rights to adapt the horror master’s 2021 novel Later into a limited series, as reported by Deadline. And, to add a little star power to the project, Lucy Liu has been cast in the show.
Raelle Tucker–nominated for an Emmy for her work on HBO’s True Blood–is listed as series creator and has scripted the pilot episode. “Adapting one of my favorite writers of all time–with an incredible partner like Blumhouse and Lucy Liu–is a dream come true,” Tucker said.
Liu–who starred for seven seasons on the CBS series Elementary–had a leading role in Kill Bill, two Charlie’s Angels films and will next appear on the big screen in the Warner Bros. sequel Shazam! Fury of the Gods.
Later follows Tia, a literary agency owner who is raising her son Jamie alone, and who finds herself in a financial bind when her star author client dies before finishing his work. Fortunately for her, Jamie has the supernatural ability to talk to the dead–and they always tell him the truth.
Wanting to help his mother, Jamie talks to the dead author and gives the necessary information to Tia, who writes the book herself under the dead author’s name. But this incredible gift can be twisted, and Tia’s friend discovers what Jamie can do and soon, “the youth gets in over his head in the spirit world.”
Blumhouse also is adapting King’s Mr. Harrigan’s Phone for Netflix. Production on that project–with director John Lee Hancock and stars Donald Sutherland and Jaeden Martell–recently wrapped.
Keep reading Horror News Network for the latest on this adaptation of Stephen King’s Later.