Darius Khondji is going back to TV. Fresh off the success of “Uncut Gems,” the superstar cinematographer is following up his director of photography gig on the “Too Old to Die Young” mini-series, with a TV show for Apple TV+ directed by Pablo Larraín and based on Stephen King’s “Lisey’s Story,” apparently now titled “Faces.”
We’ve been hearing about this project since early last year, when Apple held its first presentation for Apple TV+ and announced, among other projects, that J.J. Abrams and Bad Robot would adapt Stephen King’s “Lisey’s Story” with Julianne Moore as the lead, then back in October it was reported that Clive Owen would join as Moore’s late husband. Quietly, a few weeks before that, it had been revealed that Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larraín (“Jackie,” “No,” “Neruda“) was tapped to direct – with Abrams executive producing. Now, the news comes from Input Magazine, where it states that Larraín is teaming up with cinematographer Darius Khondji for a new project called, “Faces.”
And yes, sources tell us that “Faces” and “Lisey’s Story” are one and the same; the same Apple TV series. It’s not entirely clear why there’s a title change and, it could just be a working title, but whatever the case it’s the Stephen King adaptation.
What we do know about the show is that Stephen King wrote all the eight episodes himself, which he seldom does. Though “Creepshow” is well-loved, “A Good Marriage” was widely disliked. Still, according to the Boston Globe, King considers this a personal favorite among his books, and it deals with Lisey, a woman dealing with the devastating loss of her husband, as she gradually begins to uncover startling truths about her husband that she had repressed and forgotten. King’s involvement makes this an interesting project, but having Moore and Owen as leads, and Khondji and Larraín behind the camera should see this as one of the most anticipated TV events of 2021.
Larraín is fresh off the festival success of “Ema,” which just screened at Sundance. The Chilean director is returning to TV for the first time since 2011’s “Prófugos,” the first series produced by HBO Latin America in Chile.