James Wan To Produce Stephen King’s The Tommyknockers
Another novel of Stephen King might be headed to the big screen.
Empire reported this weekend that James Wan will be teaming up with It producer Roy Lee to begin the pitching process for Stephen King’s 1987 novel The Tommyknockers.
The story follows a town in Maine that falls under the influence of a dangerous gas from an unearthed space craft. The gas begins to transform the people, giving them enhanced abilities, but also making them violent and subject to an alien hive mentality. One man, thanks to a steel plate in his head, is immune to the effects and tries to stop his fellow townsfolk.
Larry Sanitsky, who did a television adaptation for The Tommyknockers, will be part of the project as well. Wan, Lee, and Sanitsky will begin the pitching process to various studios and streaming services.
Sanitsky shared a statement about campaigning for a film adaption of the novel.
“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.”