“The Conjuring” director/producer James Wan and “IT” producer Roy Lee are teaming up for a film adaptation of Stephen King’s 1987 sci-fi horror 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.
King himself says the work was inspired by H.P. Lovecraft’s novella “The Colour Out of Space”. While critically it’s nowhere near as well regarded as some of his best work, it remains the second best-selling King book of all time in its initial hardcover release.
Wan and Lee would produce, as would Larry Sanitsky who also produced the hit 1993 TV mini-series adaptation of the work which starred Jimmy Smits, Marg Helgenberger, Traci Lords, Joanna Cassidy and Robert Carradine. The package is now out to both studios and streaming services.
Source: Heat Vision