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Plan B, the company behind last year's zombie hit World War Z, has optioned Stephen King's teleportation novella "The Jaunt" for feature film production.

Andy Muschietti and Barbara Muschietti, who were behind the horror film Mama, will develop with Andy in line to direct.

King first published the short story in Twilight Zone Magazine before it became a short-story in his famous "Skeleton Crew" anthology which also included a ton of great stories including The Mist and The Raft.

According to Deadline, the story will be 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."

Interesting also to note how Stephen King works with filmmakers. Apparently he offers a 90 day option on his work for $1 dollar. If in that time the company sets a writer and movement is made on the film, no more money is exchanged. How cool.

More as it comes, folks!

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wa5 (7 years ago) Reply

Had not heard of this story, but interesting that SK uses the word "Jaunt" to describe teleportation, as did the 70s British Kids show, "The Tomorrow People"


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