Talk about the Dream Team.
An adaptation of the Stephen King/Peter Straub classic The Talisman was announced more than a year ago, but the news pipeline has been fairly dry until now–the horror powerhouses behind the project have spoken.
Matt and Ross Duffer–of Stranger Things fame–recently told Variety they have met with Oscar-winning filmmaker Steven Spielberg and other producers and the early results are “amazing. We’ve had one meeting with Steven Spielberg and the other producers and–it’s really early right now–but we have an outline for the first episode.”
The series–earmarked for Netflix–is under the umbrella of Paramount Television Studios, with Spielberg and the Duffer Brothers acting as executive producers. Stranger Things executive producer Curtis Gwinn is on board as showrunner and Chris Sparling is writing the screenplay.
Ross Duffer said he loves working with Spielberg because of “how much he loves the joy of storytelling. Specifically with The Talisman, there’s a lot of supernatural things–there’s a werewolf–but at its core it’s really about a mother and her son and their relationship and their love for each other.”
The Talisman–released in 1984–follows 12-year-old Jack Sawyer as he sets out “on an epic quest to find the talisman that will save his dying mother’s life,” according to the synopsis.
The youngster’s journey takes him into the Territories, “a parallel medieval universe where most people from his own universe have analogs called twinners. The queen of the Territories–Jack’s mother’s twinner–is also dying.”
Keep reading Horror News Network for further updates on The Talisman on Netflix.