Steven Spielberg has become a household name for his work behind the camera in Hollywood. While Matt and Ross Duffer don’t have the resume Spielberg has amassed quite yet, their work on the Netflix series Stranger Things has put them in prime position to follow in the legendary director’s footsteps. The Talisman was a novel released in 1984 and co-authored by none other than the equally legendary Stephen King, to which Spielberg quickly snatched up the film rights to. While most people may quit after over three decades of trying to make a film to no avail, Spielberg persisted. Now he is teaming up with the Duffer Brothers to assist with the creation of a TV series instead of a film based upon The Talisman that will be released via Netflix.
King’s 1984 novel is a story about a twelve year old boy who must transcend parallel universes in attempts to cure his mother of cancer. For anyone familiar with the wildly popular Stranger Things, this might sound similar to plotlines the Duffer Brothers have previously explored. This makes them the perfect candidates to team up on the series with Spielberg, and after nearly forty years of working on this project he is welcoming them with open arms. Stranger Things producer Curtis Gwinn is also joining the party to serve as both writer and showrunner for the series.
This is seemingly a match made in Hollywood heaven. One of the greatest directors of all time the dark minds behind the occult series Stranger Things teaming up to tackle a Stephen King novel? It is difficult to imagine anyone who is a fan of the work of these men or a horror fan in general not being excited at the sheer prospect of this. While news just broke of the series yesterday there is currently no release date in sight, however Netflix subscribers can eagerly anticipate what could be Netflix’s next viral hit.