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JJ Abrams, Warner Bros. team to adapt Stephen King crime novel 'Billy Summers'

It’s not clear that Ai, who hasn’t directed a movie since 2019’s “Rise” Brahms’ Skywalker’ will be in charge of the adaptation.

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JJ Abrams and his Bad Robot banner has been In partnership with Warner Bros. to adapt Stephen King

novel Billy Summers 1450425363.

Appian Way will also produce this project, written by Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz.

A year ago, Bad Robot developed the IP as a limited series, with Zwick and Herskovitz in charge of adapting it, with Zwick hoping to direct most, if not all, of the episodes.

Not one of King’s horror novels, Summers

focus on- Year-old hitman, the eponymous Billy Summers, is contemplating retirement when he accepts the last job from an old client. (“One last job” was always synonymous with “something went wrong,” but we’ll get to that later.) Summers uses himself as a novelist as a cover story, settling in a small town for So hot that he actually started writing novels in his spare time, and the novel became his life story, from his sister being killed by their mother’s boyfriend to him becoming a decorated sniper.

Hit… gone wrong when regular customers don’t pay and Summers escapes the trap. His life is further complicated when he discovers that there is a bounty on him for saving a rape victim named Alice. Summers and Alice then embark on a cross-country journey to right the killer’s many wrongs.

The book was well received upon its release.

It is unclear whether Abrams will direct Billy Summers . As a feature film director, Abrams has focused almost exclusively on mature properties. His debut novel is Mission: Impossible III

(), Tom Cruise movie in the last one After helping revitalize the franchise six years ago had poor ratings. Abrams then turned to reboot Star Trek

Galaxies reboot with 1296 by Chris Pie Grace and Zachary Quinto star. He then directed Spielberg-esque passion project – and his only original film – Super 8 before Star Trek: Dark


before into the dark

Upon arriving at the cinema, he surprised Hollywood by signing on to reboot the galaxy Star Wars: The Force Awakens

, which 2019 introduces the franchise to A new generation of films, and achieved commercial and critical success. He was back in Star Wars for the last time with The Rise of Skywalker Ends the sequel trilogy ) (, a movie that, while grossing over $1 billion at the box office, was not popular with die-hard fans or Critics welcome (think about The Force Awakens

about twice as long as that).

Since The Rise of Skywalker , Abrams is focused on television, and he does it through things like Felicity, aliases


is missing

. Abrams has been developing things like the expensive Demimonde J.J. Abrams and other projects for HBO Max, canceled in the Warner Bros. Discovery merger, and several DC projects. Many of the latter have been ambushed by the creation of DC Studios, run by James Gunn and Peter Safran, though his Black Superman project, written and produced by Tanehisi Coates, is still in the works. Actively under development.

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