J.J. Abrams Bringing Stephen King’s ‘Billy Summers’ To TV

by Thomas Tuna

In case you think you’ve read this before, you have: Another Stephen King bestseller is headed to the small screen.

This time, it’s the horror master’s most recent smash novel, Billy Summers, getting a limited series adaptation. And J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robots is the driving force behind the project, according to a report on Deadline.

This news comes fast on the heels of King’s Boogeyman landing its leads on its way to Hulu, and the author’s Later getting a limited series from Blumhouse. Stay tuned. Who knows what tomorrow will bring in the whirlwind world of Stephen King.

Billy Summers–released just last August–will likely be turned into a six- to 10-episode limited series, according to reports, which will be shopped to high-end cable networks and streamers.

Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz will handle the adaptation, with Zwick helming the series. This will be Bad Robot’s latest conversion of a King masterwork–the company has already adapted Lisey’s StoryCastle Rock and 11.22.63.

Billy Summers is a bit of a change-of-page for King, with the titular character being a hitman who is looking to retire, but who accepts one last lucrative gig. The job “requires him to embed himself in a quiet town, where he pretends to be an aspiring writer,” according to the official synopsis.

His target, another hitman named Joel Allen, is scheduled to go to trial for shooting two men during a poker game. Allen “has also committed enough murders for some high-level mobsters to be scared the gunman will incriminate his former employers.”

Summers, a meticulous craftsman, “becomes more and more cynical about the mobsters who have hired him, and his skepticism is well-founded as things go awry following completion of the job.”

Keep reading Horror News Network for the next update on this adaptation of Billy Summers.


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