Stephen King’s horror novel to be adapted by the Duffer Brothers and Netflix


Netflix has teamed up with the Duffer brothers’ new production company, Upside Down Pictures, to bring the new adaptation of Stephen King and Peter Straub’s horror novel to fruition. Here we tell you everything that is known so far about the project.

Ross Duffer and Matt Duffer speak on stage during Netflix's FYSEE Storytellers.
© Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Netflix.Ross Duffer and Matt Duffer speak on stage during Netflix’s FYSEE Storytellers.

the talisman, Stephen King and Peter Straubof the 1982 horror novel, will be the new joint adaptation of Upside down pictures and netflix. The news broke after the brothers announced the creation of their new production company and the projects that will go along with it.

This story is one of the author’s most sought-after novels for adaptation. The famous filmmaker, Steven Spielberg, acquired the rights to the novel many years ago but was never able to bring it to fruition. So Netflix decided to take the reins and get to work. While this isn’t the first time the platform has adapted a novel by horror master Stephen King, as 1922 and Gerald’s game are available in its catalog.

The two producers will work with Curtis Gwin and Primordial Television at Spielberg Amblin Entertainment. “It’s a lot more fantastical. It’s got sci-fi, there’s horror elements, it’s got a lot of heart, it’s got everything we love, and I think it has the best character ever. It’s the last great Stephen King book from the 80s that hasn’t been adapted before.”, Matt Duffer Guaranteed deadline.

The talisman: what was it?

According Collider, the book chronicles the fantastical journey of its main character, a 12-year-old boy named Jack, on his quest to find a magic stone that will cure his gravely ill mother. The sci-fi fantasy aspect of the book is accelerated when Jack travels to an alternate universe known as The territories, where everyone who lives in the “real” world has a doppelganger. Those living in The Territories can change reality and enter the bodies of their counterparts, which proves disastrous for the young man’s journey.

“It’s a huge book, it’s very long and I don’t think it would have worked effectively as a movie. Until recently, I don’t think it would have worked on TV. It’s like we we were in this new era now, where there’s kind of a fusion of TV shows that feel like movies because they support these big budgets, so something like “Talisman” that wasn’t doable there five years old, is very doable now”, Matt Duffer said Deadline.

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