Steven Spielberg really liked the idea of the Stephen King and Peter Straub novel The Talisman that he acquired the rights two years prior to the book being published and in perpetuity back in 1982. And according to The Hollywood Reporter, his 35 years spent developing the property is over as things are finally moving forward.
Spielberg’s Amblin Television and Paramount Television Studios are teaming with Stranger Things creators the Duffer Brothers to adapt the novel for Netflix. They’ll be bringing in Curtis Gwinn, who also worked on Stranger Things, to act as writer and showrunner for the project.
Talisman is about Jack Sawyer, a 12-year-old boy, who sets out on an epic quest to save his dying mother. He searches for a talisman that can both save his mother and the world, but he must travel between the real world and a fantasy world called the Territories.
King and Straub released a sequel in 2001 called Black House that follows an adult Jack as a retired L.A. homicide detective trying to solve a series of murders in a small town in Wisconsin.