Jeremy Slater has been selected as the screenwriter for Stephen King’s bestseller The Tommyknockers. Slater, known for his work on Fox network’s The Exorcist as well as the 2015 version of Fantastic Four, will be working with producers James Wan, Michael Clear (The Nun and Annabelle: Creation) and Roy Lee (It). The film, expected to be released by Universal Pictures, has yet to name a director. Given the successes of last year’s blockbuster movie It, Audience Network’s top-notch thriller Mr. Mercedes and this year’s hot horror series Castle Rock currently streaming on Hulu, it’s no surprise that another King novel was chosen for cinematic adaptation.
“Late last night and the night before, Tommyknockers, Tommyknockers, knocking at the door…” – Source: The Tommyknockers
This is not the first time The Tommyknockers has been brought to life on-screen though, King fans may recall it being presented to viewers as a mini-series by network giant ABC in 1993. While there is no guarantee this tale can now be re-made into a movie megahit, the Stephen King Universe seems to be controlling our cravings for creepiness.
“The Tommyknockers centers on the discovery of a long-buried alien object and the disastrous consequences its unearthing has on the residents of the Maine town of Haven. Some people are inspired to commit violent acts, others disappear, almost everyone’s lives are influenced for the worse.”Source: Variety
The Tommyknockers may not be one of King’s best-loved novels but I have my fingers crossed that it does not follow in the footsteps of filming fails Needful Things and The Dark Tower. Hopefully, Mr. Slater will take care of properly portraying the sci-fi thriller and ‘give the fans what they want before they go away’. 😉 What is your least favorite Stephen King adaptation? Why? Let us know at Fan Fest News.