Friday, March 30, 2018

THE TOMMYKNOCKERS Movie in the Works from James Wan and Roy Lee

James Wan Picture

Although Stephen King is probably the most adapted living author of all time, after the huge success of last year's "It", which grossed over $700 million worldwide, King's books are more sought-after than they ever were. As a result, the author's "The Tommyknockers" might be next on Hollywood's to-do list. The book was previously adapted into a 1993 TV miniseries starring Jimmy Smits and Marg Helgenberger. Another TV adaptation was in the works at NBC a few years ago, but nothing came of it.

"The Conjuring" director James Wan, and Roy Lee, one of the producers of "It", have teamed up to to bring the sci-fi horror novel to the big screen. They have also joined forces with veteran producer Larry Sanitsky, who executive produced the 1993 miniseries and holds the screen rights to the property, and are currently shopping the project around to studios and streaming networks, including Netflix. The project's mission statement written by Sanitsky reads as follows:
"It 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."
And for those of you who aren't familiar with King's book, here's the official synopsis:
"Something was happening in Bobbi Anderson’s idyllic small town of Haven, Maine. Something that gave every man, woman, and child in Haven powers far beyond those of ordinary mortals. Something that turned the town into a deathtrap for all outsiders. Something that is buried in the woods behind Bobbi’s house. With the help of her friend, Jim Gardener, they uncover an alien spaceship. And as they learn more about this strange discovery, the citizens of Haven begin to change: The townspeople are being welded into one organic, homicidal, and fearsomely brilliant entity in thrall to the Tommyknockers, who piloted the alien ship."


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