According to The Hollywood Reporter, Universal has won the bidding war for the film rights to Stephen King‘s latest bestselling novel, Fairy Tale. Paul Greengrass is attached to direct the project, as well as produce alongside Greg Goodman. Best known for directing three of the five Bourne films, Greengrass also directed Captain Phillips, which was nominated for six Oscars, including best picture. He also recently worked on News of the World with Hanks. Last month, Deadline reported that Greengrass was up for the job, with King‘s admiration of Greengrass‘ previous films being what led to him getting his hands on the project.
Published on September 6, 2022, Fairy Tale combines fantasy with coming-of-age themes to tell the story of a 17-year-old boy who discovers a portal to another world. Soon enough, the teen, accompanied by a very special dog, finds himself on a perilous adventure featuring deserted castles, child-eating giants, and as usual with King, unspeakable evil.
Film adaptations Stephen King‘s works have seen quite a new resurgence after the success of 2017’s It. The latest King story to be adapted is Mr. Harrigan’s Phone, which debuted on Netflix on October 5. Netflix has become quite popular as a home for various adaptations such as 1922 and Gerald’s Game, but Universal’s strong relationship that Greengrass won the studio the bid.