Following on the heels of their success with epic mini-series like Into The West and Stephen King's Nightmares and Dreamscapes, TNT is now working with Executive Producers Stephen Spielberg and Kathleen King to adapt the epic fantasy, The Talisman [co-written by King and fellow horror legend Peter Straub] as a mini-series for television.
The Talisman chronicles the adventures of Jack Sawyer, who journeys through this world and a parallel world called "The Territories" in search of a mysterious talisman that may be able to heal his dying mother. The 1984 novel – the first of two collaborations between King and Straub set in the worlds of Jack Sawyer – was a runaway bestseller and one of the most critically praised of King's works.
Joining Spielberg and Kennedy in producing The Talisman are: Ethan Kruger, who will adapt the novel for television, and Co-Executive Producers Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey. The novel has previously been optioned for a theatrical release but been dropped because of its complexity.
TNT's senior vice-president of original programming, Michael Wright, announced the project today. "We are so happy and proud to be working with DreamWorks Television and Steven Spielberg after such a tremendous experience making Into the West," said Wright. "We've also had excellent results working with Stephen King's material on Salem's Lot and Nightmares & Dreamscapes, so the opportunity to bring these talents together on our network is just about as good as it gets. Like those previous projects, The Talisman is a truly epic production, but one that will present all new challenges and opportunities. We look forward to working with this top-notch team of filmmakers as we create what is certain to be a television event to remember."
The Talisman is scheduled for a summer 2008 premiere.