Canadian director Mathiew Ratthe is apparently a big fan of Stephen King's "The Talisman." He's such a big fan, that he decided to film a six minute demo reel of the opening chapter, all on his own coin.
The goal is to convince Stephen Spielberg, who owns the rights, to push forward with the adaptation. In the past, director Vadim Perelman (House of Sand and Fog) and Ed Zwick (The Last Samurai) have dropped off the project. In 2006, TNT announced that the book would be turned into an epic, six-hour Ehren Kruger (The Rung) adaptation of the story. Nothing has happened with that since.
Ratthe is hoping that his demo reel will get people talking. He even got himself Cameron Bright (Godsend, Birth) to star as Jack Sawyer, a boy who goes on a quest through this world and through a parallel world known as The Territories, experiencing both good and evil in each. His goal is to obtain a mysterious talisman that will save his dying mother's life, as well as the life of her twinner, the Queen of The Territories.