Koontz’s “Strangers,” King’s “Joyland” Turn Series

Koontzs Strangers Kings Joyland Become Series

Two famed horror authors are about to get their works adapted for the small screen. First up, FOX has handed out a script commitment plus penalty for the one-hour drama series “Strangers” based on the bestselling book by Dean Koontz.

“Teen Wolf” and “Criminal Minds” creator Jeff Davis, “Drop Dead Diva” creator alum Josh Berman and Sony Pictures TV are all teaming for the project which tells the story of several different people, thousands of miles apart, from different walks of life, finding themselves struck by unusual fears and sudden phobias.

A novelist in California suffers unbearable sleep terrors. In Boston, a surgeon’s intense panic attacks threaten her career. A priest in Chicago dreads the rise of the moon. An ex-Marine develops a paralyzing fear of the dark.

All are connected by a forgotten trauma, repressed memories now surfacing and leading each of them to one destination: a small motel in Nevada where a dark secret lies hidden – one that could change the course of humanity itself. Davis, Berman, Koontz and Chris King will executive produce for Sony Pictures TV and Osprey Productions.

Next up, Freeform has begun development of series based on Stephen King’s “Joyland” which comes from producers Chris Pena (“Jane the Virgin”), Cyrus Nowrasteh (“The Stoning of Soraya M.”) and Bill Haber (“Valor”).

The story follows Devin, a college student who takes a summer job at an amusement park in a North Carolina tourist town, confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child and the way both will change his life forever.

Pena and Nowrasteh are set to write the pilot script and produce. Haber will executive produce.

Source: Deadline