Stephen King’s Joyland optioned for a movie

Stephen King’s fairground whodunnit Joyland has been optioned by The Help’s Tate Taylor

The gorgeous cover art for Stephen King's Joyland
The gorgeous cover art for Stephen King’s Joyland

Stephen King’s Joyland, due June 2013, has already been option for the big screen by The Help director Tate Taylor.

Joyland is a classic murder mystery whodunnit, set in a carnival, and after 2005’s The Colorado Kid (which was the basis for Syfy’s Haven), is King’s second book for the pulp-styled Hard Case Crime imprint.

The official synopsis reads:

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.

Joyland will be released 7 June 2013, pre-order it now for £6.39 from