The world continues to overflow with Stephen King adaptations. The latest, however, is a little different. Deadline reports that AMC are developing an adaptation of Sleeping Beauties, the novel written by King and his son, Owen.
The American network has reportedly made a pilot script commitment for an “open-ended” TV series. It’s the latest in what’s turned into an avalanche of King adaptations following the massive success of IT back in October 2017.
Sleeping Beauties is set in the near future where something strange has caused all the women in the world to fall asleep and become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. If the gauze is disturbed, or the women are awakened, they become incredibly violent. But when sleeping, they go to a better place where harmony is constant and conflict almost never occurs.
However, one woman named Eve, seems to be immune to the sleeping disease. Owen King will write the pilot script. Sugar 23’s Michael Sugar and Ashley Zalta will produce. Zalta said in a statement:
“Owen and Stephen found the perfect canvas to tell a haunting and gripping story that sparks a relevant conversation about gender equality and individuality. We couldn’t be more excited about this collaboration with the Kings and with AMC, who have so often boldly redefined genres”.
Owen agreed, saying “We can’t imagine a better match”, while Stephen added: “I’m tremendously excited to see Sleeping Beauties brought to life in a format that will allow the story to be told as it was meant to be told, in all its mystery and drama”.
Just a few King adaptations in the works are The Outsider, The Dark Tower, Creepshow, and Lisey’s Story. And those are just the ones set for TV. With so many in the works, there’s bound to be some stinkers. Hopefully Sleeping Beauties, with Owen himself penning the pilot script, turns into one of the good ones.