At the rate we’re going, there will never be a year where there isn’t a Stephen King screen adaptation for as long as humankind walks the earth. 2o17 is already shaping out pretty well, with the film versions of It and The Dark Tower on the way. A few of the subsequent years ought to be pretty great too, now that Sleeping Beauties is being made into a TV series.
After a bit of scuffling, production company Anonymous Content finally landed the TV rights to the novel, which was co-written by King and his son Owen. It was all pretty unexpected, seeing as the novel won’t be released until September this year.
Here’s the synopsis for the novel:
In a future so real and near it might be now, 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… The men of our world are abandoned, left to their increasingly primal devices. One woman, however, 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 TV series, which we can probably presume will be called Sleeping Beauties too, already has Michael Sugar on board as producer, with Ashley Zalta acting as an executive producer.
Anonymous Content has recently produced Netflix shows 13 Reasons Why and The OA, Starz’s hit cyber thriller Mr Robot, and HBO’s True Detective. It’s also been raking in film awards left, right and centre over the last couple of years with Spotlight and The Revenant.
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