The story concerns a town in Maine where a space craft is unearthed. It emits a dangerous gas that begins to transform all the town’s residents except for one man who is immune to the effects of the gas thanks to a steel plate in his head.
The Tommyknockers was previously adapted by ABC as a 1993 miniseries starring Jimmy Smits and Marg Helgenberger. It was executive produced by current rights holder Larry Sanitsky, who will produce the feature adaptation with Wan, Lee and their respective production companies Atomic Monster and Vertigo.
The package is currently out to studios, including Netflix, and we’ll see if a deal comes together before the holiday weekend. Interestingly enough, NBC announced it would try its own hand at an adaptation in 2013, but that small screen project now appears to be dead.
Stephen King adaptations have been all the rage of late between It, The Dark Tower, Mr. Mercedes and Hulu’s upcoming Castle Rock. The Tommyknockers even outsold It (and The Shining and Carrie) in its initial hardcover release. THR broke the news.
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