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Stephen King, Peter Straub’s ‘The Talisman’ to be made into a movie

An adaptation of Stephen King and Peter Straub’s thriller-fantasy novel “The Talisman,” is finally hitting the big screen — 35 years after its publication.

Amblin Partners, the Steven Spielberg-led production company, confirmed the news to Entertainment Weekly on last week.

Originally published in 1984, “The Talisman” follows 12-year-old Jack Sawyer as he travels through both our world and a parallel realm in search of the Talisman, a mystical object that will be able to save his dying mother.

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Director Mike Barker, of “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “Outlander,” is on board to lead the production. Screenwriter Chris Sparling, of “Buried” and “Down a Dark Hall,” is signed on to adapt the novel into a feature film.

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According to EW, the news comes years after Spielberg’s initial interest in the story, which led him to purchase the rights forever.

LILLIAN BROWN

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