Just when you thought you were safe from a new Stephen King movie announcement we’ve learned that Freeform is developing the novel ‘Joyland’ into a series. The new show will be brought to us by writers Chris Peña (‘Jane the Virgin’) and Cyrus Nowrasteh (‘The Stoning of Soraya M.’), as well as Bill Haber’s Ostar Productions (‘Valor’). Peña and Nowrasteh are slated to write the script for the pilot and produce while Haber is executive producing.
For those unfamiliar with ‘Joyland,’ it is more of a crime story instead of King’s horror work and the synopsis describes it as:
Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever.
Of the production, Karey Burke, executive vice president, Programming and Development, Freeform has shared that:
“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. We can’t wait for Joyland to become part of Freeform’s offerings and haunt our viewers as only Stephen can.”
We all know that King’s work is in high demand right now and this will be a different style from much of his other writing and could be a welcome addition to check out. Most of his upcoming adaptations are coming to the big screen such as ‘From A Buick 8‘ and ‘Firestarter but there are still plenty of ongoing shows from the writer on TV or streaming services.
Are you looking forward to ‘Joyland’? If you’ve read the novel, do you feel it is perfect for being adapted to the small screen in an ongoing series? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
Source: Deadline Hollywood