According to Deadline it looks like Stephen King’s upcoming novel Joyland is going to be adapted for the big screen by The Help’s Tate Taylor who picked up the screen rights to the novel which will hit shelves on June 4th. You’ve gotta admit, that’s pretty damn impressive considering the novel hasn’t even released yet! Taylor will adapt to direct, and John Norris will produce through his Wyolah Films banner. Taylor will also produce.
Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever.
It has all the makings of a King potboiler, with crime, mystery, ghosts and a creepy carnival setting. The book is being published through Hard Case Crime, the line of pulp-styled crime paperbacks published by Titan Books.