Blumhouse Television has landed the rights to Stephen King’s Later. The company will adapt the best-selling novel, described as a “pulpy crime-thriller”, into a limited series. Series creator Raelle Tucker has written the pilot script which will see Lucy Liu star.
The plot’s rundown reads:
“The son of a struggling single mother, Jamie Conklin just wants an ordinary childhood. But Jamie is no ordinary child. Born with an unnatural ability his mom urges him to keep secret, Jamie can see what no one else can see and learn what no one else can learn. But the cost of using this ability is higher than Jamie can imagine – as he discovers when an NYPD detective draws him into the pursuit of a killer who has threatened to strike from beyond the grave.”
Later has received glowing reviews, with one description reading:
“Later is Stephen King at his finest, a terrifying and touching story of innocence lost and the trials that test our sense of right and wrong. With echoes of King’s classic novel It, Later is a powerful, haunting, unforgettable exploration of what it takes to stand up to evil in all the faces it wears.”
The hit horror author spoke about his excitement in working with Blumhouse founder, Jason Blum, saying: “I’ve wanted to work with Jason Blum for years, and now we have two projects together. Go, me!”
Blum responded, saying: “I’ve wanted to work with Stephen King since before I was born, which sounds impossible until you remember that it’s Stephen King.”
Raelle Tucker, known for her Emmy nominated work on HBO’s True Blood, also spoke about her excitement for working on the project, saying: “Later is terrifying and touching and wonderfully weird — of course it is, it’s Stephen King. Adapting one of my favorite writers of all time, with an incredible partner like Blumhouse and the incomparable Lucy Liu, is a dream come true.”
Blumhouse is separately producing an adaptation for Netflix of Mr. Harrigan’s Phone, one of the stories in King’s anthology If It Bleeds. Production just finished, with John Lee Hancock directing Donald Sutherland and Jaeden Martell.
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