The Talisman, the fantasy-horror novel from Stephen King and Peter Straub, has been in one stage or another of film or TV development before it even hit bookshelves in 1984. Steven Spielberg snapped up the film rights immediately and has been working with Amblin to bring the book to life – with nothing to show for it…yet. Now, Amblin is trying once again, with Handmaid’s Tale director Mike Barker at the helm and Chris Sparling handling the script.
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Steven Spielberg snapped up the rights to Stephen King and Peter Straub‘s novel The Talisman before the book even hit shelves. Yet after 35 years, a film has failed to materialize. Now, Spielberg says he might finally be ready to bring The Talisman movie to the screen.
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Sound the Stephen King adaptation alarm: Josh Boone is now attached to write an adaptation of King’s novel The Talisman. Boone has been attached to multiple King adaptations in the past, and now adds King’s 1984 fantasy novel co-authored with Peter Straub to the list. The Talisman movie details await you below!
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Stephen King and Peter Straub’s coming of age fantasy novel The Talisman tells the story of a twelve years old kid who must go on a fantastic quest in search of the Talisman, in order to save his dying mother. Apparently Steven Spielberg purchased the rights to a movie adaptation shortly after the book was published in 1984. The project went through many incarnations, but never went into production. Most recently, Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy announced plans to produce a six-part mini-series based on the book for TNT. The project fell back into development hell due to budgetary concerns.
A young Canadian director named Mathieu Ratthe directed a short demo scene he adapted from the opening chapter of the book, in hopes of getting Spielberg’s attention. Ratthe writes “My main objective for creating this piece is to demonstrate my directing ability and my vision to the producers who own the rights to the story”. And I’m very impressed by the resulting six and a half minute short film that Mathieu has produced. Watch it now below. Hopefully someone in Hollywood is paying attention and gives this guy a call. If not about The Talisman, then about something else.
Thanks to /Film reader Timothy C for the tip.
source: The Wordslinger