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Steven Spielberg & The Duffer Brothers Team To Tackle Stephen King & Peter Straub’s The Talisman

In 1982, Steven Spielberg was so enamored by The Talisman, the fantasy horror book by Stephen King and Peter Straub, that two years before the book was published, he acquired the screen rights outright and in perpetuity.

He then spent the next 35-plus years developing it as a movie, trying in vain to find a way into the story.

Stephen King & Peter Straub

Now, The Talisman may finally be ready to reach screens but, as befits the times, as a series.

And, as it sometimes takes a village to raise a project, Spielberg has assembled some mighty collaborators to help him make the adaptation a reality.

The Duffer Brothers, whose own Stranger Things owes more than a few debts to King’s work, will executive produce a series adapting the book, that will be produced by Netflix in association with Spielberg’s Amblin Television and Paramount Television Studios.

The Duffer Brothers

Curtis Gwinn, who worked as a writer-exec producer on Duffers’ Stranger Things, will act as writer and showrunner of the project, which is in development. With deals still being sewn up and in negotiations, Netflix and the production parties involved had no comment.

Talisman tells of a 12-year old boy named Jack Sawyer who sets off on an epic road-trip quest in order to save his dying mother’s life. He is in search of the Talisman, a powerful relic that can not only heal his mother but, as he learns, save the world. Sawyer’s journey criss-crosses two realities: the America we know and its dangerous, fantasy-world twin, The Territories.

The book was an instant best-seller when it hit stories in 1984 and King and Straub reunited for a sequel in 2001. On the adaptation front, the most recent developments occurred inn 2019 when Mike Barker, who directed several episodes of The Handmaid’s Tale, was involved in what was then being envisioned as a feature.

For the new take on Talisman, Matt and Ross Duffer will exec produce via their Monkey Massacre Productions while Spielberg exec produces via Amblin Television along with partners Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey. King will also exec produce as will Paramount Television.

Todd Cohen will oversee day-to-day development on the project for Amblin, along with Spielberg, Frank, and Falvey.

After close to 50 years, King’s work remains incredibly popular in Hollywood thanks to his deep bench of best-sellers and recent success such as the recent It adaptations. The Running Man and a Pet Sematary prequel are among his works in development. King is repped by Paradigm and Gang Tyre.

A self-described geek, Gwinn first started out in comedy before becoming a writer-producer on the fourth season of AMC’s The Walking Dead. That darker genre path led to him working with Damon Lindelof on HBO’s The Leftovers, Kurt Sutter’s gritty Medieval drama The Bastard Executioner and Netflix’s Narcos. He is repped by 3 Arts Entertainment and attorney Lev Ginsburg of Ginsburg Daniels.

The Duffers are currently readying season four of Stranger Things which is expected to bow later this year. The series remains one of Netflix’s signature and most popular shows.

Reprinted from The Hollywood Reporter

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DC Through the 80s: The End of Eras

Newsstands died! Spinner racks vanished! Would comics even survive?

The early 1980s saw a tectonic shift rumble through the world of comic books. The newsstands and mom-and-pop stores that had been comics’ primary distribution points were vanishing, taking with them the familiar “Hey Kids! Comics!” displays. In their place, new world of comic book specialty shops was opening up, changing the medium’s audience–and everything else about the art form.

In the first of three comprehensive volumes exploring this revolutionary decade, former DC Comics president and veteran comics writer Paul Levitz revisits the stories that exemplified this vanishing world: once dominant genres like war and mystery that were fading from prominence; veteran creative talents doing some of their last–and best–work; and the final stories of the world’s greatest superheroes to be done in the styles typical of the era, before Crisis on Infinite Earths changed everything.

Presented here are milestones in graphic storytelling from a host of comics’ legendary figures, including: Jim Aparo, Mike W. Barr, Cary Bates, Stephen R. Bissette, E. Nelson Bridwell, Rich Buckler, Gerry Conway, Denys Cowan, Johnny Craig, J.M. DeMatteis, Tony DeZunija, Lee Elias, Mark Evanier, Michael Fleisher, Ramona Fradon, Dave Gibbons, Dick Giordano, Sam Glanzman, Mike Grell, Irwin Hasen, Don Heck, Carmine Infantino, Michael Wm. Kaluta, Gil Kane, Bob Kanigher, Joe Kubert, Paul Kupperberg, David Michelinie, Alan Moore, Dennis O’Neil, Nestor Redondo, Kurt Schaeffenberger, Walter Simonson, Tom Sutton, Curt Swan, Rick Veitch, Len Wein, Marv Wolfman, and many more!

They are accompanied by a wealth of never-before-reprinted rarities, including excerpts from DC’s first printed style guide by José Luis García-López, the long-unseen Masters of the Universe Preview, and Alan Moore’s complete proposal for his unpublished Twilight maxiseries–all framed by new essays recounting these amazing events from hands-on participants Elliot S! Maggin, J.M. DeMatteis, Andy Kubert, Jack C. Harris, and Paul Kupperberg.

Look back on a vanished time and smile again at its magic with DC Through the ’80s: The End of Eras–where the modern era of comics was born!

The 520 page hardcover can be ordered HERE.

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Patented: 1,000 Design Patents Book By Thomas Rinaldi

An unprecedented, essential field guide to more than a century of fascinating product and industrial design

From legendary classics to anonymous objects that are indispensable in homes and offices, this one-of-a-kind collection of original patent documents celebrates the creative genius of designers, inventors, creators, innovators, and dreamers the world over. The range is phenomenal: patents by Eero Saarinen, Charles Eames, Isamu Noguchi, Ettore Sottsass, Raymond Loewy, and George Nelson sit alongside everyday designs for tape dispensers, pencil sharpeners, food processors, desk fans, and drink bottles to create an valuable reference that’s also an irresistible browse.

The book will be released on  April 21, 2021  and you can pre-order it HERE.

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Stephen King On The Drew Barrymore Show

Writer Stephen King joins the Drew Barrymore Show to remember what it was like to work with a young Drew Barrymore on Firestarter and Cat’s Eye! The author also shares his thoughts on how the pandemic has affected him. Then the horror legend plays On the Book with Drew, and shares incredible insight into some of his most famous works, like why he didn’t like The Shining. Finally King talks about his new novel Later!

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Star Wars Complete Vehicles New Edition

 

Explore the epic Star Wars saga through incredible cross-sections

More than 100 magnificent cross-section artworks bring the vehicles of Star Wars to life. New cross-sections, amazing detail, and comprehensive text make this the ultimate reference to the craft of a galaxy far, far away….

See

– Poe Dameron’s X-wing in action
– The terrifying power of Darth Vader’s TIE Advanced x1
– Obi-Wan Kenobi’s fast and agile Jedi starfighter

Discover

– The inner workings of Rey’s speeder
– The advanced technology of the Rebel Alliance’s U-wing
– The devastating weaponry of the Death Star

Explore

– The famous corridors of the Millennium Falcon
– The brutal design of the Knights of Ren’s Night Buzzard
– The mighty and fearsome Final Order Star Destroyer

Order HERE for $40.

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Marvel Comics: The Variant Covers

For the first time ever, explore the amazing visual history of Marvel Comics variant covers in this definitive collection.

Comprising some of the most sought-after and valuable comic art in the world, variant covers are a time-honored tradition in comics publishing. The variant cover phenomenon began in 1986 and was immediately embraced by fans everywhere; it was then bolstered in 1991 by Marvel Comics’ X-Men #1 setting the world record for the best-selling comic of all time, which is attributed to the astonishing collection of five variant covers released for the issue. The notion of variant covers caught on and has now become a regular part of Marvel Comics’ diverse output, with a spectacularly creative set of alternate covers being created for many key issues. 

These works of art are collected in Marvel Comics: The Variant Covers, which showcases some of the finest and most famous variant covers ever produced alongside exclusive interviews from leading comic artists and industry experts. Featuring an astounding selection of covers starring fan-favorite characters, such as Spider-Man, Captain America, Iron Man, Black Panther, the X-Men, and many more, Marvel Comics: Variant Covers: The Complete Visual History is a must-have for casual fans and comic book aficionados alike.

Marvel Comics: The Variant Covers will be released on March 30, 2021.

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The Lyrics: 1956 To The Present By Paul McCartney To be Released In November 2021

In this extraordinary book, with unparalleled candor, – Paul McCartney recounts his life and art through the prism of 154 songs from all stages of his career – from his earliest boyhood compositions through the legendary decade of The Beatles, to Wings and his solo albums to the present. Arranged alphabetically to provide a kaleidoscopic rather than chronological account, it establishes definitive texts of the songs’ lyrics for the first time and describes the circumstances in which they were written, the people and places that inspired them, and what he thinks of them now.

Presented with this is a treasure trove of material from McCartney’s personal archive – drafts, letters, photographs – never seen before, which make this also a unique visual record of one of the greatest songwriters of all time.

We learn intimately about the man, the creative process, the working out of melodies, the moments of inspiration. The voice and personality of Paul McCartney sings off every page. There has never been a book about a great musician like it.

“More often than I can count, I’ve been asked if I would write an autobiography, but the time has never been right. The one thing I’ve always managed to do, whether at home or on the road, is to write new songs. I know that some people, when they get to a certain age, like to go to a diary to recall day-to-day events from the past, but I have no such notebooks. What I do have are my songs, hundreds of them, which I’ve learned serve much the same purpose. And these songs span my entire life.”

-Paul McCartney

The Lyrics: 1956 to the Present by Paul McCartney will be released on November 2, 2021 and you can pre-order the book HERE.

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Stephen King Taps Into His Youthful Side Again For New Novel Later

In the hands of Stephen King, the kids are usually all right — even if their situations always aren’t.

From Danny Torrance in “The Shining” to the Losers Club of “It,” the bestselling master of horror has written plenty of kid protagonists facing all sorts of terrifying foes over the decades. His latest, Jamie Conklin in the new novel “Later” (Hard Case Crime, out Tuesday), is a youngster who has to deal with enemies of the supernatural as well as human persuasion.

Jamie sees dead people, usually hanging out where they passed. And they not only can see him, too, they have to tell him the truth if he asks them a question. His cash-strapped mom Tia and her dirty-cop girlfriend Liz both take advantage of Jamie’s “gift,” but a more terrifying player emerges when Jamie meets a dead serial bomber inhabited by a haunting darkness that chills the boy’s soul.

Stephen King has two new books this year: “Later” and “Billy Summers.”

“I wanted to write about a literary agent because I never had” previously, King says of the story’s origins. “One client that this agent has who is worth big bucks dies suddenly. What’s she going to do about it? What if she has a kid who can see dead people and they have to answer any question that he asked? And I thought, ‘I got a story.’”

In addition to “Later,” the author also has two big projects coming this summer: the new novel “Billy Summers” (Scribner, Aug. 3), about a decorated Iraq war vet turned hitman who wants out after one last job, and an adaptation of his 2006 book “Lisey’s Story” as an eight-part Apple TV+ limited series starring Julianne Moore and Clive Owen.

USA TODAY chatted with King about his work, writing youthful personas and the effects of COVID on his storytelling.

Read the interview HERE.

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Scholastic To Publish Kaleidoscope, A New Novel By Brian Selznick On September 21, 2021

Scholastic announced that it will publish Kaleidoscope, a spellbinding and stunning new novel by Brian Selznick, the #1 New York Times bestselling author and Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator of The Invention of Hugo Cabret. Kaleidoscope, for readers ages 10 and up, is a multi-layered story about love and loss and will be published simultaneously in hardcover and ebook formats on September 21, 2021.

A ship. A garden. A library. A key. In Kaleidoscope the incomparable Brian Selznick presents the story of two people bound to each other through time and space, memory and dreams. At the center of their relationship is a mystery about the nature of grief and love which will look different to each reader. Told over the course of twenty-four chapters, each featuring an iconic black and white graphite illustration by Selznick, Kaleidoscope is a feat of storytelling that illuminates how even the wildest tales can help us in the hardest times.

Brian Selznick said, “I’ve been working on Kaleidoscope for the last five years, but the book transformed completely since the pandemic began into something unlike anything else I’ve written or illustrated. Readers of my other books will find familiar elements in it: a trip to the moon, shipwrecks, fires, angels and keys. But, like looking through a kaleidoscope, all these elements have shifted and rearranged into something new. I can’t wait to share it with everyone.”

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Watch The Teaser Trailer For Shadow And Bone

Netflix surprised fans at IGN Fan Fest with the never before seen teaser trailer for the upcoming highly anticipated fantasy series Shadow and Bone. 

The panel featured Eric Heisserer (Showrunner / Writer / Executive Producer), Leigh Bardugo (Author / Executive Producer) and stars Jessie Mei Li (Alina), Archie Renaux (Mal), Freddy Carter (Kaz), Amita Suman (Inej), Kit Young (Jesper) and Ben Barnes (General Kirigan).

Based on Leigh Bardugo’s worldwide bestselling Grishaverse novels, Shadow and Bone finds us in a war-torn world where lowly soldier and orphan Alina Starkov has just unleashed an extraordinary power that could be the key to setting her country free. With the monstrous threat of the Shadow Fold looming, Alina is torn from everything she knows to train as part of an elite army of magical soldiers known as Grisha. But as she struggles to hone her power, she finds that allies and enemies can be one and the same and that nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. There are dangerous forces at play, including a crew of charismatic criminals, and it will take more than magic to survive. 

Shadow And Bone will premiere on Netflix April 23, 2021.

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