Just when you thought that Stephen King had conquered every literary medium known to man, he’s exploring new territory. This latest venture? Podcasts.
Audio Up Media, iHeartMedia, and Emmy-winning producer, writer, and director Lee Metzger are teaming up to adapt the King short story “Strawberry Spring” for a scripted podcast, The Wrap reports. Metgzer, who is known for his work on NBC’s The Voice, will write and direct the series. Thus far, the cast will include Garrett Hedlund, Milo Ventimiglia, Herizen F. Guardiola, Sydney Sweeney, Ken Marino (KEN, I LOVE YOUR WORK ON PARTY DOWN!), and Al Madrigal. Philip Alberstat will take the helm as producer.
Strawberry Spring will be based on a short story that appeared in King’s 1978 collection Night Shift. The narrative centers on a journalist who hears the words “Springheel Jack” while listening to the radio. The phrase sparks recollections of when the journalist was a college student and first heard about a serial killer of the same name. The gruesome return of the killer and the incoming “Strawberry Spring,” which describes deceptive New England weather, inspires the journalist to hunt down the killer, once and for all.
Other stories from Night Shift have been made for the big and small screen (Children of the Corn, Sometimes They Come Back, Maximum Overdrive) but until now, “Strawberry Spring” has not been adapted by a major production company.
Metgzer said, “As a lifelong fan of Stephen King, I couldn’t be more excited to work with Jared, Audio Up and iHeart Media to bring this story to life. I couldn’t ask for a better project for my first scripted podcast.”
Strawberry Spring does not have a release date at this time.