David Ayer is a busy, busy man. He’s writing and directing Bright 2 for Netflix, he’s also writing-directing Gotham City Sirens for DC Films, and now he’s launching a TV and Film studio, Cedar Park, with business partner Chris Long.
Who’s Chris Long? Funny you should ask. Long is the executive producer of AT&T and Audience Network’s Mr. Mercedes, based on the novel by Stephen King — which was just picked up for its second season. And it appears that Long’s King connection is vital to Cedar Park, according to Deadline.
Ayer and Long’s Cedar Park just scored a major content coup by acquiring King’s The Bone Church, which they plan to develop for a series. (No actors or networks have been revealed, so far.) This is the second announced series for Cedar Park, who are already developing Family Crimes for Starz.
King’s The Bone Church was originally a narrative poem that he wrote in the 60s and published in Playboy in 2009. He later incorporated the story into his short story collection The Bazaar of Bad Dreams.
Here’s the synopsis:
“An adventurer organizes an expedition deep into a vast jungle land to locate the mythic Bone Church. They discover a secret not meant for the eyes of strangers. Only three of the 32 travelers escaped with their lives in a tale narrated by one of the survivors, who tells stories from a bar stool to patrons who’ll buy him drinks.”
The premise sounds like classic King, and lord knows humanity can’t get enough of his stuff on TV and film these days. However, you have to wonder if there’s a limit to how much Stephen King material can exist at one time? We’re about to find out.
Bringing the discussion full circle, does it appear to anyone that Ayer is overloaded? It sure seems like something has to give, right?
Well, there are rumors that Gotham City Sirens is dead at DC Films, according to Screen Rant. Apparently, DC Films is leaning toward a Birds of Prey adaptation by another writer — the two concepts are both female-centric superhero stories featuring Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn. Additionally, Ayer’s tenure at DC Films has been messy, and he’s recently praised Netflix for their creative freedom and financial support. The writing is kind of on the wall, and it seems like Ayer’s time at DC Films is growing short.
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