Mama director Andy Muschietti to helm Stephen King's The Jaunt


The latest Stephen King movie adaption goes to THE JAUNT, a little gem of a story found in King’s short story collection SKELETON CREW, which was published back in 1985. Deadline got the early word, reporting that Plan B has optioned feature rights to the teleportation travel story, attaching Andy Muschietti and Barbara Muschietti (the duo behind 2013’s MAMA) to the project.

THE JAUNT will be developed for Andy Muschietti to direct, who also has an adaptation of SHADOW OF THE COLOSSUS in the works. This dude knows how to pick 'em, that's for sure. I may not be MAMA's biggest fan but I really dig Muschietti's style and I'm excited to see what he does with a story so heavily grounded in the sci-fi world.

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.

THE JAUNT joins a long line of upcoming Stephen King adaptations—11/22/63 is with JJ Abrams and Warner Bros TV, with James Franco set to star; MRC has The Dark Tower, with Ron Howard directing and Akiva Goldsman writing, and Brian Grazer producing with Goldsman, Howard and King (Yeah, sure!); Joyland is at TNT with Bill Haber; Mr. Mercedes is with David E. Kelley, Temple Hill’s Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey, Jack Bender and Sonar; Under the Dome is at CBS, with Steven Spielberg and DreamWorks TV, and The Things They Left Behind is with Greg Berlanti, Warner Bros TV and CBS.

The Jaunt

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Source: Deadline



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