Stephen King’s ‘The Talisman’ Series Coming to Netflix

by Jen Bernardini

Stranger Things creators the Duffer brothers, Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television, and Paramount Television Studios are adapting The Talisman, a novel co-written by Stephen King and Peter Straub, into a Netflix series, according to a report on Deadline.

The Talisman is a fantasy-horror novel featuring Jack Sawyer, a twelve-year-old boy, who sets off on an epic road trip that crisscrosses between the United States as we know it and into an alternate universe called The Territories. Jack must find the Talisman, a powerful relic that can not only heal his dying mother, but also save the world.

The Talisman series has been thirty-five years in the making. Steven Spielberg has owned the screen rights to The Talisman since 1982 but was unable to find a way to develop it into a feature. “Spielberg fell in love with the book before it was published and persuaded Universal to buy the film rights,” Peter Straub said in 1996. At one point Frank Marshall was in talks to make the novel into a mini-series, then to a movie, back to a miniseries and finally back to a movie again. In 2017 Josh Boone was set to turn The Talisman into a film but nothing came of it. In 2019 it was announced that Mike Barker (The Handmaid’s Tale) was going to direct a film version of the book but, yet again, nothing came of it.

There is no word on how soon The Talisman will begin production as it’s clear the show is in its earliest stages.

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