Plan B Options King’s Short Story, The Jaunt
According to Deadline.com, Plan B has optioned feature rights to THE JAUNT, the 1981 Stephen King short story about teleportation travel. Plan B has attached Andy Muschietti and Barbara Muschietti, the team behind the 2013 horror film MAMA. It’s still very early in the process but that plan is to develop THE JAUNT for Andy Muschietti to direct. No studio is set yet, but Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, and Jeremy Kleiner have a first look deal at New Regency.
King first published the short story in Twilight Zone Magazine, but it gained a bigger audience in his short story anthology Skeleton Crew, published in 1985. 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. Well of course bad things happen, it’s a King short story!!
More on this one as info becomes available.