Stephen King: Joyland picked up by Freeform for a series

Stephen King has been on a much-deserved roll as of late, and the hits just keep coming for him. Now, we are told another screen adaptation of one of his books is in the works.

Stephen King has another project in the works! His Hard Case Crime novel, Joyland , will be adapted as a series for the Freeform network. According to Deadline, Karey Burke, Freeform’s Executive VP of Programming and Development had this to say:

“We are honored to be working with Stephen King – a master storyteller who understands the importance of culturally embedded tales that resonate with audiences on a deeply personal level. We can’t wait for Joyland to become part of Freeform’s offerings and haunt our viewers as only Stephen can.”

The Hard Case Crime line of books was started in 2004 by Charles Ardai and Max Phillips, and its mission was to bring back paperback pulp / crime books such as those found in the 1940s and ‘50’s. Some of the books were reprints of vintage crime books, others were originals written specifically for Hard Case Crime.

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Stephen King wrote two books for Hard Case, The Colorado Kid and Joyland, and these are the two best-selling titles in the series. The Colorado Kid was adapted into the SyFy series Haven.

When Joyland was first released in 2013, it was only available in paperback, which was how Stephen King wanted it to be. He loved the nostalgic quality of paperback originals, and is a huge fan of  crime and mysteries. The cover looked exactly like a pulp crime novel from the ’50s.

Joyland is set at an amusement park in 1973, and tells the story of Devin Jones, a college student who takes a summer job there. Devin and a couple of co-worker friends get involved in a murder mystery, and as an added bonus, there’s also a ghost involved. It’s a fun, quick read, and I think it’ll make a good series.

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