‘Talisman’ team

Spielberg to bring King novel to ABC

Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy are teaming up to exec produce a four-hour ABC miniseries based on the 1984 novel “The Talisman” by Stephen King and Peter Straub.

ABC would not comment on the project, which is in the early development stage as a co-production between DreamWorks and Kennedy-Marshall Co. DreamWorks also declined to comment, while reps for Kennedy-Marshall could not be reached.

The plot of the novel follows a young man’s perilous journey to find a mysterious talisman that holds the key to saving his mother’s life. His travels take him into a parallel universe discovered by his father, a treacherous world where the son is forced to battle demonic forces at every turn.

There’s no word yet on an airdate for the TV adaptation, and sources stressed that ABC has yet to see a script for the mini. King, who was seriously injured in June when he was hit by a car near his home in Maine, is not believed to be involved with the production.

But the horrormeister’s creepy creations are no stranger to the small screen. Recent King adaptations that ABC has served up during sweeps months include this year’s “Storm of the Century,” 1997’s “The Shining” and 1995’s “The Langoliers.”

The “Talisman” project also marks the second major TV miniseries Spielberg has committed to exec produce. Spielberg is spearheading the megabucks, 20-hour alien abduction miniseries “Taken,” which is set to run in the fall of 2000 on cabler the Sci-Fi Channel.

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