Writer Rio Youers and artist Alison Sampson are adaptating Stephen and Owen King's prose novel Sleeping Beauties for a 10-issue series from IDW Publishing, as announced via Deadline.
Sleeping Beauties tells the story of a plague known as 'Aurora' (the name of the titluar princess in Disney's Sleeping Beauty) which puts all the women on Earth to sleep, leaving men to run the world with disastrous results.
“We’re looking forward to seeing our work in this exciting format," said Stephen King of the adaptation of the 700-page novel.
“We are so excited about Rio and Alison’s vision for Sleeping Beauties. We’ve been fans of Rio’s for years and Alison’s artwork is simply extraordinary. IDW couldn’t have found a better pairing," added King's son Owen, the novel's co-author.
“The story is very suggestive for interesting art, with magical themes interwoven through a very real place setting in Appalachia, and the opportunity to draw some truly diverse people,” said artist Alison Sampson. “Places, spaces, gender, bodies, character, relationships, political themes, emotions, a challenging (and almost certainly innovative) design job, and a great story – it’s all here. I cannot wait to share what we are making.”
Sleeping Beauties is scheduled to launch in 2020.