Stephen King's novel 'Joyland' comes to Freeform
Following his many novels which were tuned to successful films, the King of thrillers is once again putting up his story for television screens.
Freeform announced today that it has put into development 'Joyland', a series based on the Stephen King novel of the same name. 'Joyland', tells the story of Devin, a college student who takes a summer job at an amusement park in a North Carolina tourist town, confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child and on the way, both will change his life forever.
“We are honored to be working with Stephen King – a master storyteller who understands the importance of culturally embedded tales that resonate with audiences on a deeply personal level,” said Karey Burke, executive vice president, Programming and Development, Freeform. “We can’t wait for ‘Joyland’ to become part of Freeform’s offerings and haunt our viewers as only Stephen can.” Bill Haber’s Ostar Productions ('Valor') will serve as executive producer on 'Joyland', with Chris Peña ('Jane the Virgin') and Cyrus Nowrasteh ('The Stoning of Soraya M.') set to write the pilot script and attached to produce.
This isn't the first time that the notable author's book is being adapted for the big screen. Probably one of the most noted adaptations of the thriller writer's works was Stanley Kubrick's 1980 adaptation of 'The Shining', starring Jack Nicholson. His novella 'The Body' was turned into the 1986 heartwrenching film about friendship, young adulthood, and adventure, 'Stand By Me', starring Wil Wheaton and River Phoenix. However, probably the most successful adaptation of his book was 2017 Andrés Muschietti directed-movie, 'IT', which followed seven bullied children who must face their worst nightmare when Pennywise, a shape-shifting clown who appears from the sewers after every 27 years, begins to haunt them.