James Wan to Adapt Stephen King’s The Tommyknockers


The Stephen King revival continues this week as a new adaptation of one of King’s biggest selling books is currently in development courtesy of The Conjuring and Insidious director James Wan. Wan is reportedly teaming up with Roy Lee (It) and producer Larry Sanitsky (Special Correspondents) for a big screen version of The Tommyknockers. The 1987 book was previously turned into a TV mini-series in 1993 starring Jimmy Smits and Marg Helgenberger, which Sanitsky also produced. The project is currently being shopped around to studios and streaming services and Sanitsky had this to say about it:

“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.”

The book revolves around a town in Maine where an alien craft is discovered buried in the woods and starts to affect the health of its residents. It is apparently the second best-selling King novel of all time, which seems a bit surprising, although it was arguably released at the peak of his career. It is unclear if Wan would direct the movie himself but he has no shortage of other projects in the works. Are you interested in a new version of Stephen King’s The Tommyknockers?

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  • LordAwesome

    Ah, The Tommyknockers, the book that was such a terrible piece of shit it forced Stephen King to reevaluate his life and give up drugs and alcohol.

    Are they ruining out of King properties that fast?

  • Dirk Gently

    I’m going to make a list here of all the good movie adaptations from Stephen King books:

    i) The Shining

    Easiest list i ever made.

  • Tim

    Meh, you got a case of director Classitosis.

    Stand By Me, bi-yatch!
    Also, Pet Sematary is mighty fine trash, a great fun watch. Also Misery. Also Shawshank Redemption. Also Dead Zone is an awesome Cronenberg adaptation. Also Carrie is a fun watch.