Aquaman director James Wan is producing an adaptation of Stephen King’s The Tommyknockers.
“Late last night and the night before, tommyknockers, tommyknockers knocking on my door. I wanna go out, don’t know if I can ‘cuz I’m so afraid of the tommyknocker man,” Stephen King intoned in his 1987 novel The Tommyknockers. The book explored horror in science fiction.
James Wan (Aquaman) and Roy Lee (It) have signed up to produce a film adaptation of King’s novel, and Universal has won the rights for the project, beating out Sony and Netflix (according to Deadline).
The Tommyknockers is about an alien spacecraft uncovered in the woods of Haven, Maine that begins to infect the residents’ dreams and knock out their teeth. King wrote in his autobiography On Writing that he was inspired by H. P. Lovecraft’s short story, “The Colour Out of Space.” The Tommyknockers, in its initial hardcover release in 1987, outsold King’s novels It, The Shining, and Carrie. He later said it was “an awful book.”
The Tommyknockers will be executive produced by Larry Sanitsky, who made the 1993 television miniseries adaptation that starred Jimmy Smits and Marg Helgenberger.
“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,” Sanitsky wrote in the mission statement sent to prospective buyers, reported THR.
NBC announced it would adapt The Tommyknockers into a series in 2013, but that would appear to be dead now. No release date has been set.