Stephen King’s “The Bone Church” will be developed into a TV series, Deadline is reporting. Chris Long and David Ayer’s newly-created Cedar Park Entertainment has acquired the narrative horror poem — that’s right, a horror poem — with plans to turn it into a TV show.
King originally wrote “The Bone Church” in the 1960s, then later revised the poem and published it as part of his 2015 anthology of short works, The Bazaar of Bad Dreams.
“The Bone Church” is about an expedition into a jungle to locate the hidden and forbidden Bone Church. But of course, it’s a King tale, so things go wrong in an utterly horrific fashion. The group discovers a secret they wish they hadn’t, and of the 32 explorers that go on the expedition, only three of them wind up returning home.
The story is narrated by one of the three survivors, who tells stories from a barstool to patrons in exchange for drinks.
This deal continues King’s relationship with Long, who was an executive producer on Mr. Mercedes, the series adaptation of King’s hardboiled crime novel for Audience Network.
No word yet on who the showrunner will be or when production will start. Representatives from King and Ayer could not be immediately reached for comment.
Long and Ayer (Suicide Squad, Bright) announced the launch of Cedar Park Entertainment earlier this year. Its first television project will be Family Crimes, a crime thriller written by Ayer that will air on Starz.
King’s output has been very much in demand for the big and small screens in recent years. Last year saw adaptations of The Dark Tower and It hit theatres, Gerald’s Game and 1922 for Netflix, and The Mist and Mr. Mercedes for television. (And let’s not forget the superb Hulu miniseries adaptation of 11-22-63 in 2016.)