Stephen King’s Joyland To Become a Movie

Jason McDonald

I haven’t read Stephen King’s next book because, contrary to popular belief, I’m not a time traveler.  However, it’s a Stephen King book, so it was bound to be optioned for a movie/TV series at some point.  It’s just surprising that the deal was made when the book isn’t even due until June.

Deadline is reporting that Tate Taylor, the writer/director behind the critically acclaimed movie The Help,  has just optioned the rights to adapt Stephen King’s next book, “Joyland,” to the big screen.  This isn’t the first time Tate has optioned a book before it was done.  He approached author Kathryn Stockett well before she was finished writing “The Help.”

“Joyland” isn’t due out until June 4th, but here’s a brief synopsis to get you started:

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.

Deadline also makes an interesting note that Stephen King doesn’t charge very much for his movies to be optioned, but he does put a time limit on the deal to keep things moving.  So while Tate has other films in the works, this could be pushed forward as his next big project.



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