ByAlisha Grauso, writer at
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Alisha Grauso

If Stephen King were a dog, he'd be trotting around Hollywood right now, lifting up his leg and marking his territory on EVERYTHING. First, let that graphic image hit ya... There you go.

Second, understand I say this because the author's works are being adapted right now for multiple mediums at a pace never before seen in his prolific career. Pick an outlet, there he is: Movies, television, graphic novels, traditional novels, theater. The man is a walking franchise.

As it turns out, the King brand recognition is so great that the rights to the novels of his that haven't even hit shelves yet are being sought after for adaptation to film. Deadline reports that his novel Joyland, which isn't due to be released until June 4th, has already been picked up by (The Help) for adaptation. Taylor will be adapting, directing, and also helping to produce. John Norris will carry the bulk of the production load through his Wyolah Films company.

From the synopsis:

Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever.

Let's see...a small town? A carnival? A retro setting? A murderous crime? Yeah, we've got all the hallmarks of a King work (Really loving the vintage murder mystery styling of the cover, by the way). Hey, remember when he was supposed to retire a decade ago? Good thing for Hollywood he seems to be incapable of it.


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