Joe Hill’s Novel ‘The Fireman’ Gets TV Series Adaptation

by Thomas Tuna

Like father, like son.

Bestselling author Joe Hill–and son of horror master Stephen King–will soon have another of his novels adapted to the small screen, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Walden Media is developing a TV series based on Hill’s 2016 post-apocalyptic The Fireman, but details are scarce at this early juncture in the project. No landing spot for the series–or specifics on a director or cast–have yet been announced.

The Fireman is set in an America that is suffering through a horrible plague that causes its victims to burst into flames. The contagious disease–nicknamed Dragonscale–has no antidote. Cremation squads roam the streets, eliminating the infected.

One infected nurse fights against the deadly plague after a chance meeting with a mystery man known only as the Fireman–a figure dressed in a yellow firefighter’s jacket who seeks to protect the innocent and avenge the wronged.

Hill–who will serve as the show’s executive producer, along with Walden Media chief executive Frank Smith and Naia Cucukov–has already had his novel NOS4A2 adapted by AMC, and his short story The Black Phone adapted by Universal Pictures and Blumhouse Productions into a feature film.

Smith said he was “so excited” to work with Hill, adding that “I can’t imagine a timelier book to be developing into a series. The Fireman showcases the idea of celebrating ordinary people who rise in extraordinary circumstances.”

Keep reading Horror News Network for further updates on The Fireman TV series.


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