J.J. Abrams is currently developing a limited series adaptation of Billy Summers, based on Stephen King’s bestselling crime novel of the same name. This marks the latest collaboration between King and Abrams’ Bad Robot after working on Hulu’s Castle Rock and Apple TV+’s Lisey’s Story.
Published last August 2021, Billy Summers centers around a hitman who’s planning to retire from the business. But before that, he decides to take on his one big final job from a mobster who enlisted him to kill a wanted hitman in order to silence him for good.
“Billy Summers is a man in a room with a gun. He’s a killer for hire and the best in the business. But he’ll do the job only if the target is a truly bad guy. And now Billy wants out. But first there is one last hit. Billy is among the best snipers in the world, a decorated Iraq war vet, a Houdini when it comes to vanishing after the job is done. So what could possibly go wrong? How about everything,” the official book synopsis reads.
“This spectacular can’t-put-it-down novel is part war story, part love letter to small town America and the people who live there, and it features one of the most compelling and surprising duos in King fiction, who set out to avenge the crimes of an extraordinarily evil man. It’s about love, luck, fate, and a complex hero with one last shot at redemption. You won’t put this story down, and you won’t forget Billy.”
The miniseries will be written by Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz, with Zwick also serving as a director. The studio will soon shop the project to streamers and premium cable networks.