[09/14/07 - 08:45 PM] Development Update: Week of September 10-14 Updates include: Jason Katims to help out on NBC's "Bionic Woman," TBS to extend "My Boys," FOX begins casting "The Oaks" and A&E issues another cast-contingent pilot order.
DESCRIPTION: (from TNT's press release) After an enormously successful collaboration on the critically acclaimed Into the West, TNT is teaming once again with DreamWorks Television and executive producer Steven Spielberg, this time for an epic, six-hour adaptation of Stephen King and Peter Straub's other-worldly adventure THE TALISMAN. This project also returns the drama network to King territory after such high-profile projects as Salem's Lot, one of cable's most popular movies of 2004, and last year's Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King. Written in 1984, THE TALISMAN marks the first collaboration between bestselling authors King and Straub. It tells the story of Jack Sawyer, a boy who goes on a quest through this world and through a parallel world known as The Territories, experiencing both good and evil in each. His goal is to obtain a mysterious talisman that will save his dying mother's life, as well as the life of her twinner, the Queen of The Territories. Frequent Spielberg partner Kathleen Kennedy will join him in executive-producing this project, along with Ehren Kruger (Skeleton Key, The Ring, Arlington Road and currently adapting Nightline for DreamWorks Features), who will adapt the King/Straub novel. THE TALISMAN will be co-executive produced by Darryl Frank (Into the West, Taken, Las Vegas) and Justin Falvey (Into the West, Las Vegas), who head up DreamWorks Television.