Will AMC’s new series ‘Sleeping Beauties’ be doubly scary, with two times the Kings? The network behind zombie-infested ‘The Walking Dead’ and the upcoming vampire-based ‘NOS4A2’, is tapping into the mind of the master by adapting the novel ‘Sleeping Beauties’ written by Stephen and Owen King into its next ghoulish program. Owen King will write the script for the pilot.
According to Deadline:
[‘Sleeping Beauties’] takes place in the near future in a small Appalachian town whose primary employer is a women’s prison. Something happens when women go to sleep; they become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. If they are awakened, if the gauze wrapping their bodies is disturbed or violated, the women become feral and spectacularly violent. And while they sleep they go to another place. Meanwhile, the men are abandoned, left to their increasingly primal devices. One woman, the mysterious Evie, is immune to the blessing or curse of the sleeping disease. Is Evie a medical anomaly to be studied? Or is she a demon who must be slain?
The series will be produced by Sugar23 and its Michael Sugar and Ashley Zalta will serve as executive producers. This project was first announced back in 2017 when Sugar and Zalta were still with Anonymous Content. The pair produced the acclaimed Netflix series ‘The OA’ and ‘Maniac’, which is promising news for ‘Sleeping Beauties’.
“Owen and Stephen King found the perfect canvas to tell a haunting and gripping story that sparks a relevant conversation about gender equality and individuality. We couldn’t be more excited about this collaboration with the Kings and with AMC, who have so often boldly redefined genres.”
Stephen King added:
“I’m tremendously excited to see Sleeping Beauties brought to life in a format that will allow the story to be told as it was meant to be told, in all its mystery and drama. “
And Owen King said:
“We’re so happy to be working with Michael, Ashley, and AMC on Sleeping Beauties. We can’t imagine a better match.”
In 2016, it was announced that Owen King was working with Josh Boone to adapt the Clive Barker novel ‘The Great and Secret Show’ into a television series, but so far that hasn’t materialized.
And of course, Stephen King’s works have been adapted into numerous TV programs, miniseries, and feature films. Most recently, Hulu delivered ‘Castle Rock’ an anthology mixing characters and locations from various King works, which was successful enough to warrant a second season arriving later this year.
Are you a fan of ‘Sleeping Beauties’? How does a TV version sound to you?