According to Deadline, Elementary alum Lucy Liu has officially signed on to star in Blumhouse Television’s upcoming limited series adaptation of Later, based on Stephen King’s bestselling supernatural crime novel of the same name. The novel is one of King’s most recent works as it was just published in March 2021.
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The limited series will center on a literary agency owner and single mother named Tia and her son Jamie who has the ability to speak to the dead. His gift will come in handy for Tia as he enlists his son’s help in communicating with his deceased client in hopes of saving his business from bankruptcy by completing the deceased author’s book.
The book’s official synopsis reads, “The son of a struggling single mother, Jamie Conklin just wants an ordinary childhood. But Jamie is no ordinary child. Born with a supernatural ability his mother asks him to keep secret, Jamie can see what no one else can and learn what no one else can. But the cost of using this ability is more than Jamie can imagine – as he discovers when an NYPD detective leads him in pursuit of a killer who has threatened to strike from beyond the grave.
“Later is Stephen King at his best, a terrifying and touching story about lost innocence and the trials that test our sense of right and wrong. With echoes of King’s classic novel This, Later is a powerful, haunting and unforgettable exploration of what it takes to resist evil in all the guises it wears.
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Later is created by Raelle Tucker (true blood) who wrote the pilot script. It will be produced by Jason Blum, Chris McCumber and Jeremy Gold for Blumhouse Television. This is the second project between Blumhouse and King, the first being a Netflix adaptation of Mr. Harrigan’s phone, which has already completed production.