The next Stephen King novel to be adapted for the screen is his 2006 book Lisey’s Story, which is being turned into a TV show for Apple’s nascent original programming division. Now it’s been reported that veteran actor Julianne Moore, who won an Oscar for Still Alice, will star in Lisey’s Story. She will also executively produce it, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
King himself is writing all eight episodes of the first season, while he’s executively producing as well. Star Wars: The Force Awakens director JJ Abrams and another executive of Bad Robot, Ben Stephenson, are also executive producers on the show.
For Moore, the show is notable because it’s the first time she’s playing a lead role on a TV show after multiple decades working in film, though she did win a Daytime Emmy for her recurring role on As The World Turns. She has been nominated for five Academy Awards, winning one for Still Alice.
Moore plays Lisey in a story set two years after her husband’s death. “The series explores a series of events that causes her to begin facing amazing realities about her husband that she had repressed and forgotten,” Variety reported.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, multiple outlets bid for Lisey’s Story before Apple ultimately won out. It’s not immediately clear when Lisey’s Story will premiere or who else will star in it. According to THR, “high-profile” directors are being sought for it.
This is just the latest screen adaptation of a King novel. There have been so many over the years, including movies like The Shining, The Shawshank Redemption, and Green Mile, as well as the more recent films like It and Pet Semetary. In terms of TV productions, there have been shows based on King’s The Mist and Under the Dome, just to name a couple.