C.J. Box’s TV Show “Big Sky”— Which Debuts on Tuesday — Was Inspired By Personal Experience

Wyoming author C.J. Box's creepy new TV series "Big Sky" debuts next Tuesday on ABC.

Annaliese Wiederspahn

November 13, 20202 min read

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(Cowboy State Daily Staff)

If you’ve been counting down the days until C.J. Box’s TV show “Big Sky” debuts on ABC, we’re down to day number five.

The Wyoming author’s first TV show will be unveiled on Tuesday, Nov. 17 and fans are ready for it.

It’s a creepy story.  So creepy that Box himself was creeped out by the show which is based on his novel “The Highway.”

“The television series will be dark and scary,” Box told Cowboy State Daily. “A lot of people who have read it say it is one of the creepiest things they’ve ever read. The pilot I read scared me, even though I knew what was going to happen.”

It’s always fun to find out how an author gets an idea for a story.

For example, Stephen King came up with the idea for The Shining after spending a night in The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado, and dreaming that his son was being chased around the hotel by a firehose.

So how did Box come up with the idea for Big Sky?

Personal experience. Appearing on Denver’s KMGH-TV Thursday, he said his daughter drove back to Cheyenne from the University of Wyoming on Thanksgiving weekend and there was a slight problem with her car.

“When she arrived at our house, I went out to check her car and the ‘check engine’ light was on,” he said. “And I asked her, how long has that been on because I knew how much traffic was on that road. And her answer was, don’t worry, it’s always on.”

A similar scene was captured in the trailer for Big Sky — and it’s, well, creepy.

The show will focus on private detectives Cassie Dewell (Kylie Bunbury) and Cody Hoyt (Ryan Phillipe), who team up with Cody’s estranged wife, Jenny, to search for two sisters who have been kidnapped by a truck driver on a remote road in Montana.

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Annaliese Wiederspahn

State Political Reporter