Turner Network Television (TNT), which scored big last year with the adaptation of Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot, is scaring up a top notch cast for its latest venture into King territory, “Nightmares and Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King.” This anthology series of eight one-hour episodes adapted from King’s short stories will feature such notable performers as Emmy winner and Oscar nominee William H. Macy and Jacqueline McKenzie, who star in “Umney’s Last Case”; Emmy winner Kim Delaney and Steven Weber, who star in “You Know They Got a Hell of a Band”; Samantha Mathis and Jeremy Sisto, who headline “The Fifth Quarter”; Golden Globe nominee Ron Livingston and Golden Globe nominee Henry Thomas, who star in “The End of the Whole Mess”; Oscar nominee Tom Berenger and Oscar nominee and Golden Globe winner Marsha Mason, who star in “The Road Virus Heads North”; and Oscar winner William Hurt, who headlines “Battleground.”
“Nightmares and Dreamscapes” comes to TNT from Bill Haber’s Ostar Enterprises, with Haber serving as executive producer. The series is produced by Mike Robe, Jeffrey Hayes and John J. McMahon. It will premiere on TNT in summer 2006.
“It is a joy to be working with such incredible talent, many of whom we’ve worked with before, for this ambitious adaptation of Stephen King’s short stories,” said Michael Wright, senior vice president of original programming for TNT and TBS. “King’s short stories are brilliant, and it’s an honor to be able to bring them to life as a true television event.”
The following are the stories that have been cast for production:
Umney’s Last Case
Directed by Rob Bowman (Reign of Fire, Elektra) from a teleplay by April Smith (The Taking of Pelham One Two Three)
You Know They Got a Hell of a Band
Directed by Mike Robe (News at Eleven, Guts and Glory: The Rise and Fall of Oliver North) who also wrote the teleplay.
The End of the Whole Mess
Directed by Mikael Salomon (TNT’s Salem’s Lot) from a teleplay by Lawrence D. Cohen
The Fifth Quarter
Directed by Rob Bowman from a teleplay by Alan Sharp
The Road Virus Heads North
Directed by Sergio Mimica-Gezzan from a teleplay by Peter Filardi
Directed by Brian Henson from a teleplay by Richard Christian Matheson
Four of the adaptations that are being cast for “Nightmares and Dreamscapes” come from King’s 1993 anthology of the same name. “The Road Virus Heads North” comes from King’s 2002 anthology “Everything’s Eventual”, while “Battleground” comes from 1978’s “Nightshift.”