The reign of Stephen King continues with a television adaptation of the author's 2013 novel Joyland on ABC's Freeform, the network confirmed today. Bringing the total of recent King projects to about a million, give or take a few.
“We are honored to be working with Stephen King – a master storyteller who understands the importance of culturally embedded tales that resonate with audiences on a deeply personal level,” said Karey Burke, executive vice president, Programming and Development, Freeform in an official release. “We can’t wait for Joyland to become part of Freeform’s offerings and haunt our viewers as only Stephen can.”
Set in North Carolina, circa 1973, Joyland follows Devin, a college student that comes to work at an amusement park and gets caught up in a gripping tale of murder and intrigue. The book was published by Hard Case Crime, a publisher that attempts to recapture the magic of classic detective/thriller pulp novels from the early-to-mid 20th Century, complete with that old school look of block lettering, tattered cover, and yellowing pages.
Ostar Productions (Valor) is the company behind Joyland's journey to the airwaves, with its own Bill Haber, serving as an executive producer. Chris Peña (Jane the Virgin) and Cyrus Nowrasteh (The Stoning of Soraya M.) will write the pilot script, as well as produce.