In an exclusive story featured in The Hollywood Reporter, we got news that another Stephen King adaptation is in the works and there is some big named talent behind the scenes.
According to the THR exclusive, Aquaman director James Wan will be producing a big screen adaptation of Stephen King’s The Tommyknockers. Wan is also the director and producer behind the incredibly successful “The Conjuring” films. Wan is teaming with IT producer Roy Lee and veteran producer Larry Sanitsky, who produced the 1993 TV movie adaptation of the novel and still holds the screen rights.
According to Sanitsky; “It (The Tommyknockers) is an allegorical tale of addiction (Stephen was struggling with his own at the time), the threat of nuclear power, the danger of mass hysteria and the absurdity of technical evolution run amuck. All are as relevant today as the day the novel was written. It is also a tale about the eternal power of love and the grace of redemption,” he said in a mission statement to perspective buyers.
The Tommyknockers holds the distinction of being the second best-selling Stephen King novel of all time, beating IT, Carrie and The Shining in sales. The story centers on the town of Haven, Maine. Bobbi Anderson discovers the remains of a long-buried spacecraft and a gas that’s released from the discovery gives Bobbi, her neighbors and everyone else in the town strange abilities which cause them to never want to leave and violent, psychotic episodes.
The TV miniseries starred Jimmy Smits and Marg Helgenberger. No word on casting for the big screen version.