Stephen King and Owen King's Horror Novel SLEEPING BEAUTIES Is Being Developed as a Series by AMC
AMC is developing a series adaptation of the supernatural horror novel Sleeping Beauties, which comes from Stephen King and his son Owen King. A pilot script has been ordered, and Owen will write that script.
The story certainly sounds like an interesting one! It’s said to be a “timely metaphorical story about women and the gender role by imagining what would happen if men were left alone.”
The series is set “in the near future in a small Appalachian town whose primary employer is a women’s prison. Something happens when women go to sleep; they become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. If they are awakened, if the gauze wrapping their bodies is disturbed or violated, the women become feral and spectacularly violent. And while they sleep they go to another place. Meanwhile, the men are abandoned, left to their increasingly primal devices. One woman, the mysterious Evie, is immune to the blessing or curse of the sleeping disease. Is Evie a medical anomaly to be studied? Or is she a demon who must be slain?”
Ashley Zalta, Sugar 23’s Head of Production and executive producer had this to say in a statement:
“Owen and Stephen King found the perfect canvas to tell a haunting and gripping story that sparks a relevant conversation about gender equality and individuality. We couldn’t be more excited about this collaboration with the Kings and with AMC, who have so often boldly redefined genres.”
Stephen King added:
“I’m tremendously excited to see Sleeping Beauties brought to life in a format that will allow the story to be told as it was meant to be told, in all its mystery and drama.”
Owen King then said:
“We’re so happy to be working with Michael, Ashley, and AMC on Sleeping Beauties. We can’t imagine a better match.”
This has the potential to be a great series and I’ll be looking forward to seeing how it turns out.