Apple orders limited TV series based on Stephen King’s ‘Lisey’s Story’

Apple has given a straight-to-series order to an eight-episode  drama based on Stephen King’s Lisey’s Story, reports Variety.

The prolific author will write all eight episodes of the series (which will start Julianne Moore) in addition to executive producing, marking one of the few times the iconic author has written for the screen, the article adds. J.J. Abrams and Ben Stephenson of Bad Robot Productions will also executive produce. Warner Bros. Television is the studio.

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Here’s the summary of the book: “Lisey Debusher Landon lost her husband, Scott, two years ago, after a twenty-five year marriage of the most profound and sometimes frightening intimacy. Scott was an award-winning, bestselling novelist and a very complicated man. Early in their relationship, before they married, Lisey had to learn from him about books and blood and bools. 

“Later, she understood that there was a place Scott went--a place that both terrified and healed him, that could eat him alive or give him the ideas he needed in order to live. Now it's Lisey's turn to fact Scott's demons, Lisey's turn to go to Boo'ya Moon. What begins as a widow's efforts to sort through the papers of her celebrated husband becomes a nearly fatal journey into the darkness he inhabited. Perhaps King's most personal and powerful novel, Lisey's Story is about the wellsprings of creativity, the temptations of madness, and the secret language of love."

This will be Apple’s 31st scripted series for its upcoming AppleTV+ service, due this fall. Other upcoming original programming titles from Apple include:

Amazing Stores, a reboot of the fantasy, horror, science fiction anthology series that ran from 1985 to 1987;

Are You Sleeping, a drama series that will star Octavia Spencer and which is based on Kathleen Barber’s novel of the same name;

Home, which will look inside the world’s most extraordinary homes,

See, a world-building drama set in the future, 

An untitled Damien Chazelle drama, 

An untitled Reese Witherspoon/Jennifer Anniston/Steve Carrell dramedy, Dickinson (a half-hour comedy starring Hailee Stenifeld), 

A Ronald D. Moore science-fiction drama dubbed For All Mankind, 

An untitled M. Night Shyamalan thriller series, 

A TV series adaption of Foundation, the Isaac Asimov science fiction novel trilogy, 

The half-hour dramedy Little Voices from producers J.J. Abrams and Sara Bareilles, 

Little America from the screenwriters (Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani) of The Big Sick,

A drama series about pre-teen investigative reporter Hilde Lysiak, 

An English-language adaptation of the French short-form series Canal+

A half-hour scripted comedy from Rob McElhenney and Charlie Day, Defending Jacob, starring Chris Evans, 

A series produced by Anonymous Content and based on the New York Times article, “Losing Earth: The Decade We Almost Stopped Climate Change,”

An AAU basketball drama series dubbed Swagger from NBA superstar Kevin Durant,

My Glory Was I Had Such Friends, a one-hour limited drama that stars and is executive produced by Jennifer Garner and executive produced by J.J. Abrams,

Original series, specials, and shorts based on the “Peanuts” gang of characters created by Charles M. Schulz.

An untitled drama series starring Brie Larson that’s based on the life experiences of undercover CIA operative Amaryllis Fox and her upcoming memoir Life Undercover: Coming of Age in the CIA.

A series based on adaptation of Terry Gilliam’s 1981 film, Time Bandits.