Following a surging interest in more cinematic takes on the extensive writings by Stephen King, there is word that the Tommyknockers will be the next best-selling novel from the celebrated author to be adapted for the silver screen.
According to a new report from The Hollywood Reporter earlier today, James Wan (Aquaman) and Roy Lee (It) are coming together to produce the project. They will join forces with producer Larry Sanitsky, who executive produced (and currently holds screening rights to) a television miniseries based on the same novel two decades back.
“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,” wrote Sanitsky in a mission statement sent to prospective buyers.
The Tommyknockers tells a story about a small town that falls under the influence of a dangerous gas from an unearthed spacecraft, leading to the residents being transformed in more than one ways. There is only one man in the entire town that finds himself safe from the epidemic, all due to a steel plate inside his head. He alone decides to save everyone from the alien-rooted gas.
The Tommyknockers is also the second best-selling novel from King, surpassing other classics from his vault such as Carrie, Pet Sematary, and the Shining.
The author had a tremendously successful — and busy — last year, witnessing several of his works come alive. It, Gerald’s Game, and 1922 were released in theaters to a great reception. The Mist and Mr. Mercedes, on the other hand, received the television series treatment.