Stephen King explains why Lisey’s Story is so close to his heart


‘Lisey’s Story’ premieres June 4 on Apple TV+.
Stephen King talks about his inspirations for writing Lisey’s Story, which debuts June 4 on Apple TV+.
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Stephen King makes no bones about it: Lisey’s Story is his favorite novel. He talks about why in a video released a week before the Apple TV+ premiers an adaptation starring Julianne Moore.

The author also discusses why he changed the story for the series.

Watch King explain it in his own words now:

In the video, King talks about how his own near-death experience inspired Lisey’s Story. And how his own writing career is wound into the plot, including run-ins with stalkers. “It’s very close to my heart,” says King.

He wrote the Apple TV+ adaptation, and is an executive producer on the series. He takes responsibility for the changes he made from the novel version of the story.

It follows Lisey (Oscar winner Julianne Moore) two years after the death of her husband (Oscar nominee Clive Owen). Lisey finds herself forced to face memories of her marriage that she had deliberately blocked out of her mind.

Because this is Stephen King, Lisey’s Story isn’t just a tale of lost love. “It’s a very scary story in a lot of ways,” said King. “It’s scary in a supernatural way but it’s also scary because there really are dangerous people out there.”

The show is being produced by J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot and Warner Bros. Television.

The 8-episode series will premiere on Apple TV+ on Friday, June 4, 2021. Watching it requires a $4.99 a month subscription. And that also includes access to comedies, crime dramas, children’s shows and documentaries, all produced just for Apple’s streaming video service.


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