Weird isn't it! Normally I don't place the words Stephen King and Groundbreaking in the same sentence (I hope that you are all sensing the sarcasm in that sentence). But the man is on the cutting edge of delivering a story to the masses.
For those of you who don't know, King is one of my favorite storytellers. He has a great way of bringing you into a story and not letting you go. So any new way I can get my King fix is OK with me. What he has done is to make a 25 episode mobile phone series. Starting on Monday July 28 and running until August 29 you will get a new episode every weekday of the story N..
My first thought was that some phone company was trying to get more people to subscribe to their service. And that disturbed me. As it turns out, this is available to everyone and the no money was spared on the overall quality of the production.
This series is a collaboration of Scribner and Simon and Schuster Digital, CBS Mobile and Marvel Entertainment. Sources say that it is believed this is the first comic-book style adaptation specifically designed for viewing on many different small screen platforms.
Here is a description of what the story is about and also a little bit of who is involved in this project courtesy of Marvel.com:
The episodes are based on King's original and previously unpublished story "N.", the tale of a psychiatrist who becomes the victim of the same mysterious and deadly obsession as his patient, and which will be included in his forthcoming collection of short stories Just After Sunset (Scribner, November 11, 2008) and published as a comic book miniseries by Marvel launching in 2009.
Featuring sophisticated production values, the episodes were drawn by award-winning comic book artist Alex Maleev, whose work has appeared on NBC's "Heroes" and colored by famed comic book colorist José Villarrubia, best known for his collaborations with Alan Moore. They were adapted by Marc Guggenheim, co-creator of the ABC-TV series "Eli Stone" with creative oversight from Stephen King. The episodes are presented in a highly designed "pan and scan" format, complete with comic book style graphics, an original score, sound effects, and a full cast of voiceovers that includes Emmy and Golden Globe award nominee actor Ben Shenkman.
"The series of "N." mobile episodes is a groundbreaking moment in visual storytelling, multimedia entertainment, and content development," said Ruwan Jayatilleke, Senior Vice President of Strategic Development-Acquisitions, Marvel Entertainment, Inc. "The synergy between Marvel, Scribner, and CBS in bringing this venture in entertainment to fruition has been phenomenal. So it's only fitting that such collaboration could occur only under the auspices and creative inspiration of Stephen King and his infectious storytelling."
I have watched the first three episodes and I can't wait for the fourth. Stephen King is the master of the short story.
I know that there are some of you out there that are thinking you would rather watch the series somewhere else other then your phone. Well you are in luck, if you click on the picture of Mr. King then you will be swept away to the web site. The site will be updated every weekday. Please enjoy, and until next time, let me know what you think.