Lisey's Story: Stephen King on Adapting His Work From Page to Screen

A little more than two weeks ago, Stephen King fans were treated to the first official trailer for the bestselling author's and filmmaker J.J. Abrams ("Star Wars" and "Star Trek" franchises) upcoming adaptation of King's novel Lisey's Story. Now, the Julianne Moore and Clive Owen starring series is pulling back the curtain to show viewers how the project went from page to screen. The series focuses on Lisey Landon (Moore) two years after the death of her husband, famous novelist Scott Landon (Owen). But a series of unsettling events causes Lisey to face memories of her marriage that she had deliberately blocked out of her mind- memories that no longer want to stay buried.

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In the following featurette, King reveals what went into translating his work for the screen, while director Pablo Larraín, Abrams, and members of the cast express what it was like working with the iconic author. Here's a look behind the scenes with the cast and creative team behinds Lisey's Story, set to premiere on June 4 on Apple TV+:

Directed by Pablo Larraín (Jackie) with King adapting his own novel for streaming, Lisey's Story hails from Abrams' Bad Robot Productions and Warner Bros Television. King, Moore, and Larraín executive produce alongside Abrams, Ben Stephenson, and Juan de Dios Larraín. Joining Moore and Owen in the limited series are Joan Allen as Amanda Debuher, Dane DeHaan as Jim Dooley, Sung Kang as Officer Dan Boeckman, Jennifer Jason Leigh as Darla, and Ron Cephas Jones as Professor Dashmiel.

Based on the novel by Stephen King, this terrifying thriller follows widow Lisey Landon (Julianne Moore) as a series of disturbing events revives memories of her marriage to author Scott Landon (Clive Owen) and the darkness that plagued him.

Published in October 2006 and the novel that King considers one of his favorites, Lisey's Story would go on to win the 2006 Bram Stoker Award for Best Novel and be nominated for the World Fantasy Award in 2007. An early excerpt from the novel (the short story "Lisey and the Madman") was published in 2004's McSweeney's Enchanted Chamber of Astonishing Stories and was nominated for the 2004 Bram Stoker Award for Best Long Fiction.

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Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought onto the core BC team in 2017.
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