Writer/director Josh Boone has been trying to get his adaptive mitts on a Stephen King property since at least September of 2013 (with King's Lisey's Story) and he's finally making it happen; the writer/director has been hired to pen the screenplay for King and Peter Straub's 1984 novel, The Talisman.
The Talisman is similarly fantastic to King's dimension-hopping series, The Dark Tower. It features a boy that must save his mother and face "twinners" -- parallel individuals on flip-sides of a universal split -- living in a world populated by werewolves and gunslingers.
King's It became a cinematic smash this year after cutting out many of the overly-strange bits to focus more on horror and childhood friendship. So adapting another of his more fantasy-leaning works may seem a bit risky, considering the reception of The Dark Tower. However, The Talisman and its sequel Black House were both runaway hits due to their famous authors and solid content, so a cinematic adaptation still makes plenty of sense.
Boone's directorial debut, Stuck in Love, featured a cameo by King, who had been in contact with the director since Boone reached out to the author as a 12-year-old fan. This fandom even helped prepare Boone for a writing career, seeing as after Stuck in Love in 2012 and The Fault in Our Stars in 2014, he was attached to adapt King's The Stand. This plan split into a multi-movie series and then fell apart. Boone then moved onto a newer King work, Revival, which still may or may not surface at some point.
The verve Boone displays for King's work bodes well for The Talisman film. Of course, we'll have an even better idea of what to expect from the otherworldliness factor once Boone's X-Men spinoff, New Mutants, drops on Apr. 13, 2018.
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