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The younger-skewing, Disney-owned cable network has put King’s 2013 novel Joyland in development as a potential drama series.
Joyland tells the story of Devin, a college student who takes a summer job at an amusement park in a North Carolina tourist town, confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child and the way both will change his life forever.
Bill Haber’s Ostar Productions (The CW’s Valor) will executive produce Joyland alongside Chris Pena (Jane the Virgin) and Cyrus Nowrasteh (The Stoning of Soraya M) set to pen the script and produce. King is not currently attached beyond providing the source material.
“We are honored to be working with Stephen King — a master storyteller who understands the importance of culturally embedded tales that resonate with audiences on a deeply personal level,” said Karey Burke, exec vp programming and development at Freeform. “We can’t wait for Joyland to become part of Freeform’s offerings and haunt our viewers as only Stephen can.”
Should Joyland move forward, it would join a roster of scripted series at Freeform that includes Cloak and Dagger, Alone Together, The Bold Type, Siren, Grown-ish, Besties, Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists and more. The cabler also is prepping a Party of Five reboot with the original series creators.
King’s current TV roster includes Audience Network’s Mr. Mercedes and Hulu’s Castle Rock.
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