There are some huge strides going on behind-the-scenes for the Stephen King based series ‘N’ as it has received a new director, writers, and now a new title! Gaumont TV has shaken things up by renaming the series to ‘8’ which almost makes you wonder if it will be less faithful to the source material or just changed to be more in line with what the central story was actually about.
King’s work has never been hotter as even though ‘The Dark Tower‘ didn’t do well at the box office, ‘It‘ is still killing it and on the television side we have both ‘The Mist’ and ‘Mr. Mercedes’ running. On top of that, Netflix is about to debut films of both ‘Gerald’s Game‘ and ‘1922’. Next year already also has Hulu’s ‘Castle Rock‘ looking to kick off and potentially we’ll see the launch of the ‘Dark Tower’ television series.
For those unfamiliar with ‘N,’ it was a 2008 novella released by King which was included in the ‘Just After Sunset’ collection. The novella took place in Maine and deals with a group of eight stones which hold an ancient evil at bay. Those who visit the site have been known to be driven crazy. The tale takes place in 1992 where three teenagers had to face down this evil and while they were able to must return and defeat it again 25 years later. Think of it as a mixture of H.P. Lovecraft’s work and ‘It.’
While it is unclear if the setting will change for the series, for the pilot, Gaumont wants to do the series justice and has hired David F. Sandberg (‘Lights Out,”Annabelle: Creation’) to direct and will be written by Andrew Barber and Gabe Ferrari who are the creative team behind Marvel Studios upcoming ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp.’ The Marvel connection is fun as the story itself was turned into a 4-issue comic which was later released as a graphic novel by the comic publisher.
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