Josh Boone is headed to King Country yet again. The X-MEN: NEW MUTANTS and THE FAULT IN OUR STARS director has been tapped by Amblin Entertainment to adapt Stephen King and Peter Straub‘s dark fantasy novel THE TALISMAN. Variety reports that the filmmaker is currently just set to write the script, but there’s a possibility he could eventually move into the director’s chair as well.
The first collaboration between King and fellow famed horror author Straub, THE TALISMAN follows a 12-year-old boy, Jack Sawyer, on a quest to a parallel dimension known as the Territories in order to find a mystical talisman that will save the life of his terminally ill mother. The book was originally published in 1984 and Hollywood has been trying to crack a film adaptation pretty much ever since.
Steven Spielberg was even attached to direct in early days, snatching up the rights for either a movie or miniseries adaptation. Eventually, Spielberg’s regular producer Frank Marshall revived the project and after the King-assaince of 2017, and the breakout success of IT in particular, the movie is heading up once again.
Boone is no stranger to King’s work and was previously tapped to write and direct an adaptation of King’s apocalyptic opus THE STAND, and when that stalled out, Boone was recruited to adapt REVIVAL. That project is currently in the works. Boone has also been eyeing LISEY’S STORY for a few years.
Here’s the book’s official plot description via Simon and Schuster:
“Jack Sawyer, twelve years old, is about to begin a most fantastic journey, an exalting, terrifying quest for the mystical Talisman—the only thing that can save Jack’s dying mother. But to reach his goal, Jack must make his way not only across the breadth of the United States but also through the wondrous and menacing parallel world of the Territories.
In the Territories, Jack finds another realm, where the air is so sweet and clear a man can smell a radish being pulled from the ground a mile away—and a life can be snuffed out instantly in the continuing struggle between good and evil. Here Jack discovers “Twinners,” reflections of the people he knows on earth—most notably Queen Laura, the Twinner of Jack’s own imperiled mother. As Jack “flips” between worlds, making his way westward toward the redemptive Talisman, a sequence of heart-stopping encounters challenges him at every step.
An unforgettable epic of adventure and resounding triumph, The Talisman is one of the most influential and highly praised works of fantasy ever written.”