James Wan To Adapt Stephen King’s “The Tommyknockers”
Fellow Stephen King fans, I come bearing news!
The latest filmmaker to board the Stephen King train is “The Conjuring” director James Wan, whose eyes are set on S.K.’s 1987 Lovecraftian science fiction novel, “The Tommyknockers” (via THR). There’s been a two-parter miniseries (aired in 1993) largely panned by critics and fans alike; even King himself called his work an “an awful book,” being the last book he wrote outside of sobriety.
“[It’s] an awful book,” S.K. told Rolling Stone. “I’ve thought about it a lot lately and said to myself, ‘There’s really a good book in here, underneath all the sort of spurious energy that cocaine provides, and I ought to go back.'”
Lucky for us, James Wan is known for dousing fuel to properties that, on paper, sounds like they won’t work but turn out—uh, how do kids say it?—lit. Case in point: “Furious 7”. Roy Lee, who produced a recent legitimate S.K. hit with “It”, is returning to produce the adaptation.
Here’s a quick synopsis straight from the pages:
On a beautiful June day, while walking deep in the woods on her property in Haven, Maine, Bobbi Anderson quite literally stumbles over her own destiny and that of the entire town. For the dull gray metal protrusion she discovers in the ground is part of a mysterious and massive metal object, one that may have been buried there for millennia. Bobbi can’t help but become obsessed and try to dig it out…the consequences of which will affect and transmute every citizen of Haven, young and old. It means unleashing extraordinary powers beyond those of mere mortals—and certain death for any and all outsiders. An alien hell has now invaded this small New England town…an aggressive and violent malignancy devoid of any mercy or sanity…
“The Tommyknockers” is primarily read as an allegory for S.K.’s own alcoholism, with the book’s characters entranced in the revelry of the otherworldly powers the extraterrestrial spaceship lends them—a timely and timeless story to tell. This should give bouncy enough a springboard for Wan to jump on and make a compelling take on the novel.
Producer Larry Satinsky said this to The Hollywood Reporter: “[The Tommyknockers] 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.”
The project is obviously in its infantile stages, but we’ll let you know when we know more.
Just for kicks, check out the trailer for the 1993 T.V. special.