Brad Pitt's Plan B Productions have optioned the 1981 Stephen King short story The Jaunt for a feature adaptation. The production company has attached Andres Muschietti and Barbara Muschietti, the filmmakers behind the 2013 thriller Mama, to develop the adaptation, with Andres Muschietti possibly directing. As per his standard practice, Stephen King sold his option to the short story for just $1, with the filmmakers given a 90-day window to set a writer in place and make headway in the development process. If enough progress is made within that time frame, no more money changes hands, so look for this project to develop quickly.
The Jaunt was first published in Twilight Zone Magazine in 1981, but gained a more prominent following after it was included in his short story anthology Skeleton Crew in 1985. The futuristic plot takes place in the 24th Century, following a father who explains the rules of "Jaunting," a method of teleportation that his family will use to travel to Mars. Travelers must be administered anesthesia for the journey, or else horrible things happen to the mind, as time stands still and one's brain will implode, "with too much time to think in an absence of external stimulation." During this family's journey, "bad things happen."
Plan B, which is run by Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, don't have the project set up at a studio yet, but they do have a first look deal in place with New Regency and RatPac Entertainment. Stephen King has a number of adaptations in the works, such as the TV series 11/22/63 which has James Franco attached to star and the languishing yet long-awaited adaptation of The Dark Tower from Ron Howard and Imagine Entertainment.