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Steven Spielberg, Duffer Bros. Team to Tackle Stephen King’s ‘Talisman’ (Exclusive)


Curtis Given, who worked as an author-exec producer on Duffers ‘Stranger Things‘, will serve as the writer and listener of the project, produced by Netflix in collaboration with Spielberg’s Amblin Television and Paramount Television Studios Will go. In 1982, Steven Spielberg was so fascinated by Stephen King and Peter Straub’s fantasy horror book, The Talisman, that two years before the book was published, he acquired screen rights outright and forever.

Then he spent the next 35-plus years developing into a film, trying to find a way into the story. Now, Taweez may finally be ready to reach the screen, but over time, as a series. And, as it sometimes takes a village to take up a project, Spielberg has gathered some powerful colleagues to help him make adaptation a reality.

The Duffer Brothers, whose own Stranger Things owe more than a few loans to King’s work, will produce a series of executive books, produced by Netflix in collaboration with Spielberg’s Amblin Television and Paramedal Television Studios. Curtis Given, who worked as a writer-exec producer on Duffers Stranger Things, will serve as the writer and listener for the project, which is under development.


Still further negotiated in connection with the deals, there was no comment from Netflix and the production parties involved. Taweez tells of a 12-year-old boy named Jack Sawyer who sets off on an epic road-trip quest to save the life of his dying mother. He is in search of a talisman, a powerful relic who can not only heal his mother but, as he learns, save the world. Sawyer’s journey crosses two realities: America as we know it and its dangerous, imaginary-world twin, region.

When the store became a hit in 1984, the book was an immediate best-seller, and Raja and Straub reunited in 2001 for a sequel. On the adaptation front, the most recent development occurred in 2019 when Mike Barker, who directed several episodes of The Handmade Tale, was being conceived as a feature. For Taweezman’s new take, Matt and Ross Duffer will produce through their Monkey Massacre productions, while Spielberg will produce through Amble Television with partners Darryl Frank and Justin Felway. King will also produce Paramount Television.


Todd Cohen, along with Spielberg, Frank, and Felway, will oversee the day’s development for Emblin. After close to 50 years, King’s work is incredibly popular in Hollywood thanks to his best-sellers’ deep bench and recent success such as the latest advertising adaptation. Running Man and Pet Sematary is one of his works in prequel development. Raja is removed by Paradigm and Gang Tire.

A self-described geek, Givan debuted in comedy for the first time before becoming a writer-producer on the fourth season of AMC’s The Walking Dead. That darker genre passage led him to work with HBO’s The Leftover, Kurt Sutter’s gritty medieval drama The Bastard Executioner, and Netflix’s Narcos on Demos Lindelof. He is retaken by attorney Lev Ginsburg of 3 Arts Entertainment and Ginsburg Daniel Kallis.


The Duffers are currently preparing season four of Stranger Things, which is expected to be bowled this year. The series is one of Netflix’s signature and most popular shows. He was represented by Alex Cohner, attorney for CAA, and Morris Yorn.

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