With film adaptations of It and The Dark Tower on their way, and J.J. Abrams’ Hulu series Castle Rock in the works, Stephen King is one of the most coveted authors around right now, and Anonymous Content is the latest to get in on the action. The company has acquired the rights to SLEEPING BEAUTIES, an upcoming novel from King and his son, Owen King, with the intention of adapting it into a TV series.
The supernatural tale explores gender and mystery in a small Appalachian town where the main employer is a women’s prison. In this environment, when women go to sleep, they are cocooned in a gauze that, if disturbed, the women become feral and violent. Meanwhile, the men of the world are left on their own.
The only person not affected by this strange curse is Evie and it is not known why.
Michael Sugar and Ashley Zalta will executive produce for Anonymous. The Kings will partner with the company to develop the project. The book itself will be published in September.
The last novel Stephen King published was last year’s End of Watch, the third novel in the Bill Hodges trilogy. He also has Gwendy’s Button Box coming out this year, which he co-wrote with Richard Chizmar, and several of his many novels are currently in development as films or TV series. He’s represented by Paradigm.
Owen King is developing a feature script with his brother, Joe Hill, titled Fade Away. He’s repped by Thruline Entertainment.
Anya Crittenton | Associate Editor