JJ Abrams’ production company is working on a television adaptation of Stephen King’s Billy Summers† Deadline reports†
Bad Robot, which Abrams co-founded with Bryan Burk in 1999, is working on a limited series based on King’s novel, which they plan to launch for cable networks and streaming services.
Published by Scribner last August, Billy Summers tells the story of a hit man who rescues a young woman while killing a man who was intended to be his last target. In a one-star review, a reviewer for Kirkus called the book “murder the most disgusting and the chaos the most entertaining.” Another worthy page-turner from a Protean master.’
Edward Zwick (Love and other drugs) will reportedly direct the series, which will be written by Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz (Jack Reacher: Never go back†
Abrams has previously worked on adaptations of King’s books. He served as executive producer of the limited series adaptations of the author’s book 22/11/63 and Lisey’s storyand also from the TV series Castle Rockinspired by King’s fictional world.
Billy Summers isn’t the only planned King adaptation to hit the headlines this week. On Monday, Deadline reported that actors Sophie Thatcher (Yellow jackets) and Chris Messina (argo) will star in a film adaptation of King’s short story “The Boogeyman”.
Michael Schaub is a Texas-based journalist and a regular contributor to NPR.