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Stephen King and Steven Spielberg finally set to work together?

April 8th, 2018 by Irwin Fletcher Comments

Stephen King and Pater Straub combined their collective Horror and Sci-Fi skills back in the early 80s to write one hell of a strange book called The Talisman and in 1982, two years before the book was even published, Universal Pictures bought the rights to the screen play and have done nothing with it in the intervening 36 years.

Until now. Rumours are circulating that Steven Spielberg may be getting ready to bring it to the big screen: “Universal bought the book for me, so it wasn’t optioned. It was an outright sale of the book,” Spielberg told Entertainment Weekly.

“I’ve owned the book since ’82 and I’m hoping to get this movie made in the next couple of years. I’m not committing to the project as a director, I’m just saying that it’s something that I’ve wanted to see come to theatres for the last 35 years.

Messers King and Spielberg have been circling each other for years but a collaboration has never materialised: they almost worked on Poltergeist and are great celebrity chums but the first time they worked together was when Spielberg produced the underwhelming Under the Dome a few years ago, he then threw a few King references and Easter eggs into Ready Player One.

The Talisman is about a young boy, Jack Sawyer, who sets off on a journey through America and an alternative America called The Territories full of  “Twinners” – people who are parallel individuals to our world and Werewolves,  Jack is taught to “Flip” between both worlds to find a talisman to cure this mother’s cancer and to help save the Territories from the Twinner of his own evil step Father.

“I feel that in the very near future, that’s going to be our richest collaboration,” Spielberg added.

What say you all? Are you as excited about these two masters working together as we are? Let us know…

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