J.J. Abrams Bringing Yet Another Stephen King Tale To Life

At this point, it has pretty much become a given that at some point in any given year, J.J. Abrams and his production arm – Bad Robot – will latch onto a Stephen King product and adapt it for a streaming service. Two of them have been for HULU – 11/22/63 and a couple of seasons of CASTLE ROCK. The latest was LISEY’S STORY for Apple TV +. All were top-notch.

Today DEADLINES reported that Abrams and Co. will be bringing us an adaptation of, what is in my opinion, one of King’s most impressive works in recent memory – BILLY SUMMERS.

BILLY SUMMERS tells the tale of a hitman – looking to retire – who takes on one last job for a group of mobsters which requires him to go undercover for an extended period of time, blending in with a group of small-town folks, pretending to be a writer while he waits to complete a hit. Along the way, Billy learns things about himself, the people that hired him, and befriends some unlikely allies on his journey to retirement.

I loved the story – and if properly handled, could make for an amazing limited series. Which is exactly what it appears Abrams has in store for it. It is rumored that it will be a 6 to 10 episode event and although no service has yet to sign on – it is expected it will be shopped around soon – and will likely be snatched up quickly.

The Sooner the better in my book – let’s get this thing into production. Stay tuned – updates as this one ramps up.

Dave Dreher
Co-Founder / Lead News Reporter at Gruesome Magazine
Dave is co-founder and lead news reporter for Gruesome. Dave has built his resume working for Diabolique Magazine, The Horror Channel, Horrornews.net, House of Horrors and Creature Corner. He has worked with Tom Savini on his official site since 1997 and is also co-host of the popular podcast Horror News Radio.