J.J. Abrams and Leonardo DiCaprio To Produce Film Adaptation Of Stephen King's 'Billy Summers'
J.J. Abrams and Leonardo DiCaprio team up with Warner Bros. to bring about the film adaptation of Stephen King's Billy Summers, the latest novel from the bestselling author. Abrams' Bad Robot and DiCaprio's Appian Way will produce the project that has been in development since 2022, back when Warner Bros. first snatched up the rights to the novel.
Billy Summers was first pitched as a limited series that would span 10 episodes and was being pitched to streaming and cable networks before being scaled down to fit a feature film release. Around that time, Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz were announced as screenwriters for the project, and the two are still attached to the project.
In the novel, Billy Summers, Stephen King veers away from his usual horror to tell the thrilling story of a former Marine sniper who becomes a professional hitman for hire. Tasked with the job of taking out another assassin in the small town of Midwood, Billy dons the disguise of a visiting writer to better blend in without raising suspicions. When the job goes off perfectly, Billy, unfortunately, finds himself double-crossed and on the run to save his life, and that of his tag along, Alice.
There has been no word yet on who will be directing or starring in the film. With both J.J. Abrams and Leonardo DiCaprio attached to the project now as producers, it has some wondering if the pair will also fill the previously mentioned roles. No longer with the focus of becoming a limited series, perhaps Abrams now has the time to direct the much-anticipated project, while DiCaprio seems about the right age to portray the novel's main protagonist, Billy Summers.