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Mama director to helm adaptation of Stephen King short story The Jaunt

03.13.2015
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Deadline is reporting that Brad Pitt's Plan B productions has picked up the movie rights to Stephen King's "The Jaunt," and Andres Muschietti (MAMA) will be behind the camera for the sci-fi movie. Muschietti's sister and MAMA producer Barbara Muschietti is also attached to the project, and although no studio has been set yet to handle the film, Plan B does have a first-look deal with New Regency and RatPac Entertainment.

"The Jaunt" was first published in 1981 in The Twilight Magazine, and it was also included in 1985's Skeleton Crew, Stephen King's second short-story anthology.

From Deadline:

It’s a futuristic tale that takes place in the 24th century, as a father explains the ground rules for “Jaunting,” a form of teleportation the family will be using shortly to go to Mars. The key is that travelers must be under anesthesia for the short journey, or terrible things happen to the mind of those being jaunted around the solar system. Time stands still and one’s brain implodes with too much time to think in an absence of external stimulation. Bad things happen.

I'm a huge Stephen King fan (you kind of have to if you live in Maine), but I haven't actually read a lot of his short stories. There are quite of few projects currently in development based on King's work, including remakes of The Stand and IT, and television adaptations of his novels 11/22/63 and Mr. Mercedes. Tod Williams' CELL starring John Cusack is also expected to be released sometime this year, and Ron Howard is still trying to do something with King's The Dark Tower series. Have any of you read "The Jaunt" and how do you feel about Andres Muschietti directing the movie?

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Source: Deadline

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7:48PM on 03/13/2015

huh

maybe enough plot for a 20 minutes segment of am anthology movie. But I liked it a lot, so...
maybe enough plot for a 20 minutes segment of am anthology movie. But I liked it a lot, so...
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1:50PM on 03/13/2015

Longer than you think!

This is great news, one of my favorite of King's short stories. I hope they keep the structure of the story, no need to remove anything since they have a feature-length to work with. I always thought it would make a great Twilight Zone story, but this is better. They need to do it justice!
This is great news, one of my favorite of King's short stories. I hope they keep the structure of the story, no need to remove anything since they have a feature-length to work with. I always thought it would make a great Twilight Zone story, but this is better. They need to do it justice!
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12:53PM on 03/13/2015

I've seen it all, Dad! I've seen it all!

I've read more King short stories and novellas than novels, and have found that some of them can be pretty impressive. Less bloated than his novels can be. My only concern would be that they would have to "bloat" this to make it into a feature length film. It could be a good short, but at full length they would have to create lots of stuff that is not in the story.
I've read more King short stories and novellas than novels, and have found that some of them can be pretty impressive. Less bloated than his novels can be. My only concern would be that they would have to "bloat" this to make it into a feature length film. It could be a good short, but at full length they would have to create lots of stuff that is not in the story.
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11:04AM on 03/13/2015
This is one of my favorite Stephen King short stories. The story story is mainly a history of how the teleportation or "jaunt" was created bookended with the family many years later going on vacation.

I would jettison the family vacation bookend and focus on the scientists trying to invent the system. That was the most interesting part of the story anyway.
This is one of my favorite Stephen King short stories. The story story is mainly a history of how the teleportation or "jaunt" was created bookended with the family many years later going on vacation.

I would jettison the family vacation bookend and focus on the scientists trying to invent the system. That was the most interesting part of the story anyway.
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5:36PM on 03/13/2015
Nah, you've got to end the movie with the twist of what happens to the son. Imagine the effect that would have on a viewer unfamiliar with the story.
Nah, you've got to end the movie with the twist of what happens to the son. Imagine the effect that would have on a viewer unfamiliar with the story.
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