‘Jackie’ Director To Helm Apple TV+ Stephen King Adaptation ‘Lisey’s Story’ | TV News
We already knew that Apple were the latest entity to greenlight a Stephen King adaptation. An eight-episode mini-series adaptation of King’s 2006 novel Lisey’s Story was announced in April with Julianne Moore on board to star. However, the series now has a director officially signed on – Jackie director Pablo Larrain.
King’s novel revolves around the titular Lisey, who recently lost her husband Scott after a twenty-five year marriage of profound and sometimes frightening intimacy.
Scott, a novelist, was known to have demons, and supposedly went to a place that both terrified and healed him and could give him the ideas he needed in order to live. Lisey must now face Scott’s demons, and go to that terrifying place known only as Boo’ya Moon.
Getting Larrain on board is the latest coup for Apple. They already have Damien Chazelle creating a show for them, Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon starring in a comedy-drama together, and a series based on Oprah Winfrey‘s book club. That’s just scratching the surface.
In the now highly competitive streaming era, getting any acclaimed creative names on your side can be considered a major win. While most won’t be tuning in to Lisey’s Story because of Larrain’s involvement, he’s a great choice to helm the show. Alongside Jackie, he’s directed a number of impressive Chilean films such as No and Post Mortem.
He hasn’t really done anything adjacent to a King adaptation, but that doesn’t mean he can’t handle it. Many questioned Luca Guadagnino directing the Suspiria remake because he didn’t have any horror experience, but that turned out pretty well.
J.J. Abrams‘ Bad Robot is producing the series. With all these King adaptations in the works, some are bound to be poor. But with Bad Robot overseeing a series starring Moore and helmed by Larrain, I wouldn’t bet on Lisey’s Story being one of them.