Alan Taylor, known for directing episodes of several high-profile TV series like Sex and the City, The Sopranos, Mad Men, and Game of Thrones, as well as the films Thor: The Dark World and Terminator Genisys, and the upcoming Sopranos prequel film The Many Saints of Newark, has signed on to direct the adaptation of the fantasy novel Stone Junction for TV.
The adaptation is being produced by Peter Luo’s Starlight Media, which backed Crazy Rich Asians and Midway. It’s being written by The Man in the High Castle and Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams writers Kalen Egan and Travis Sentell. Taylor, Luo, and Brandan Dennehy will produce.
Based on Jim Dodge’s book, Stone Junction is set in a mythologized early 80s California, and depicts the fantastical childhood and adolescence of Daniel Pearse and culminates with his battle for life against oblivion. Like Tom Sawyer taking the Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, or Harry Potter free-wheeling across the endless highways of Easy Rider, this is a tall tale of rebellion, romance, revenge, and magic, woven into an American coming of age story. Under the guidance of his magical mentor, Volta, young Daniel may just be the greatest hope for a future free of the oppressive forces that seemed to have taken over our very lives.
Taylor said of the project:
“Stone Junction is a classic hero’s tale set in world that is as real as a trailer park but as fantastical as a galaxy far, far away. It’s as if Star Wars took place in 1984 Bakersfield and the Jedi were a ragged bunch of con artists and criminals. It portrays nothing less than the battle for the soul of the future — and it could not be more timely for our current troubled world”.
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