Plan B Options Stephen King’s Short Story The Jaunt
Plan B have optioned the film rights to Stephen King’s 1981 short story The Jaunt about teleportation travel. The short story was first published in Twilight Zone Magazine and later in King’s short story anthology Skeleton Crew which was published in 1985.
Plan B has attached the duo behind the 2013 horror Mama, Andy Muschietti and Barbara Muschietti. The company has yet to set it with a studio but principals Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner have a first look deal with New Regency and RatPac Entertainment.
The Jaunt is a futuristic tale that takes place in the 24th century, as a father explains the ground rules for ‘Jaunting’, a form of teleportation the family will be using shortly to go to Mars. The key is that travelers must be under anesthesia for the short journey, or terrible things happen to the mind of those being jaunted around the solar system. Time stands still and one’s brain implodes with too much time to think in an absence of external stimulation. Bad things happen.
Expect rapid movement on this one. King, whose Dark Tower may finally be coming together with Ron Howard and Akiva Goldsman and as well as time travelling sci-fi 11/22/63 which will be produced by Hulu with J.J. Abrams at the helm, has a $1/90-day option period that will be focusing minds at Plan B. A writer will need to be in place and active development underway during that timeframe or the rights will elapse.
You can listen to an audio version of The Jaunt below. Seems like a great premise for a film.