It hasn't hit bookstore shelves yet, but that's not stopping the adaptation buzz surrounding Stephen King and Owen King's anticipated new novel Sleeping Beauties, which could come to life off the page and on the small screen.
Deadline reports that the entertainment company Anonymous Content has acquired the rights to Sleeping Beauties with plans to team up with Stephen and his son Owen (an acclaimed author in his own right) to develop their book as a TV series. The novel takes place in a world where almost all women have fallen into a deep slumber that causes violent reactions from those who are awakened.
Anonymous Content's Michael Sugar and Ashley Zalta (both of whom executive produce the Netflix series The OA) will executive produce the Sleeping Beauties series.
With this project in the early stages of development, no other details are known at this time. It's definitely an exciting era for Stephen King fans, though, as adaptations of The Mist, Mr. Mercedes, 1922, Gerald's Game, and The Dark Tower series are on the way, with the author recently tweeting that all of them "look awesome" (see below).
For those who aren't familiar with Sleeping Beauties, we have the official synopsis below, and in case you missed it, check out the book's full cover art.
Synopsis (via StephenKing.com): "In a future so real and near it might be now, something happens when women go to sleep; they become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. If they are awakened, if the gauze wrapping their bodies is disturbed or violated, the women become feral and spectacularly violent; and while they sleep they go to another place...
The men of our world are abandoned, left to their increasingly primal devices. One woman, however, the mysterious Evie, is immune to the blessing or curse of the sleeping disease. Is Evie a medical anomaly to be studied? Or is she a demon who must be slain?
Set in a small Appalachian town whose primary employer is a women's prison, SLEEPING BEAUTIES is a wildly provocative, gloriously absorbing father/son collaboration between Stephen King and Owen King."
THE MIST, MR. MERCEDES, 1922, GERALD'S GAME, THE DARK TOWER, and IT: Believe it or not, they all look awesome.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) April 4, 2017