Universal Picks Up The New “Tommyknockers”

Universal Pictures has won a competitive bidding war against Sony Pictures and Netflix for the film rights to Stephen King’s novel “The Tommyknockers”.

The story focuses on a woodland town in Maine where long buried and recently unearthed alien spacecraft begins releasing an invisible gas that starts transforming the town’s population into a hive-minded group of beings who become inventive technological geniuses as a side effect.

Those who are ‘becoming’ begin to lose their health and sanity, while the main character is an alcoholic poet who is immune to the ship’s effects due to a steel plate in his head from a teenage ski accident.

The novel was the second best-selling King book of all time in its initial hardcover release. James Wan, Roy Lee and Larry Sanitsky will produce, but no director or writer is yet attached.

Source: Heat Vision