Turner Network Television (TNT) is delivering a top-notch cast for its latest venture into Stephen King
territory, “Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King.” The project will feature such notable performers as Emmy winner and Oscar nominee William H. Macy
, Emmy winner Kim Delaney
, Golden Globe nominee Ron Livingston
, Oscar nominee Tom Berenger
, Golden Globe winner Marsha Mason
, and Oscar winner William Hurt
“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 in this anthology series of eight one-hour episodes adapted from King’s short stories:
Umney’s Last Case
William H. Macy and Jacqueline McKenzie star in this story about a fictional private eye whose author decides he wants to take the place of his detective creation to escape from the tragedy of his own life.
You Know They Got a Hell of a Band
Kim Delaney and Steven Weber
star in this story of a young couple who happen upon a town in which all of the residents share a deadly secret while gearing up for the concert of a lifetime.
The End of the Whole Mess
An award-winning filmmaker, played by Ron Livingston, documents his final hour of life and tells the story of his brother’s discovery of a chemical that ends all violence. When the brother, played by Henry Thomas
, attempts to use the chemical on the world, however, the results are catastrophic.
The Fifth Quarter
plays a recently released criminal who learns from his dying friend of a map torn into four parts. If put back together, the map will lead to the location of $1 million taken during a robbery. But finding it might not be as easy as it seems. Samantha Mathis
The Road Virus Heads North
Tom Berenger plays a prize-winning author on a road trip heading north. After stopping at a yard sale to buy a painting, he later realizes the painting, which shows a car traveling along a road, is slowly changing and may be controlling his fate. Marsha Mason co-stars as Aunt Trudy.
After murdering the owner of a toy company, a killer for hire played by William Hurt receives a package of toy soldiers in the mail, but these soldiers aren’t just toying around.
Four of the adaptations that are being cast for “Nightmares & 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.