Stephen King’s novel Billy Summers will be produced as a miniseries by J.J. Abrams and his production company, Bad Robot.
Bad Robot has lined up screenwriters Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz to adapt Billy Summers, with Zwick also set up to direct the miniseries.
According to Deadline, the miniseries will only run six to 10 episodes, and it will be shopped to streaming services and premium cable networks.
Billy Summers follows a ready-to-retire gun-for-hire who we meet as he accepts one last high-paying gig.
Posing as a writer, Summers is tasked to eliminate fellow hitman Joel Allen ahead of a trial; Allen knows enough and has seen enough to make some dangerous men nervous, hence the hit.
As Summers digs into his employer, he tumbles down a perilous rabbit hole with big implications.
King and Bad Robot have a history as collaborators, dating back to the Hulu series 11.22.63 starring James Franco.
Abrams is also an executive producer on the two-season anthology series Castle Rock, based on King’s writing’s shared universe.
No networks or studios are attached at this time, and it’s reported that the adaptation is being shopped around.
Deadline also notes that a deal for Billy Summers may come together quickly.