HBO Max Developing Adaptation Of King/Hill ‘Throttle’

There are father/son businesses…and then there’s the team of best-selling authors Stephen King and Joe Hill.

These two horror masters are at it again, this time with HBO Max working on adapting their novella Throttle into a feature film, according to Deadline.

The novella–published back in 2009 as part of a Richard Matheson tribute anthology called He Is Risen–cannot grace the small screen soon enough for the millions of the duo’s “constant readers”.

But they will have to sit still and wait for awhile, since reports have HBO Max only in “the early development stage” of an adaptation as of this writing.

This won’t be the first adaptation for Throttle, reportedly inspired by Matheson’s Duel. The novella also was turned into a comic book by IDW in 2012.

The film’s screenplay will be handled by Leigh Dana Jackson (“Raising Dion”). The movie will be produced by David S. Goyer and Keith Levine through Phantom Four.

Throttle tells the frightening story of a biker gang, led by a father and son, that is terrorized by a large rig driving along an isolated stretch of the American desert.

This is hardly the first rodeo for Hill, who has had several of his works adapted to the screen. His second novel, Horns, was made into a feature film, and his third book, NOS4A2, was adapted into an AMC TV series, with the second season premiering next month.

Additionally, a TV version of his comic book offering, Locke & Key, airs on Netflix and recently was renewed for a second season.

Screenwriter Jackson also is keeping busy, adapting (and acting as executive producer for) The Spook Who Sat By The Door series on FX/Fox 21, with Lee Daniels and Marc Velez as producers and Gerard McMurray sitting in the director’s chair.

King, of course, is on more bookshelves–with 50-plus books now published–and on more screens (small and large) than you can count.

Keep reading Horror News Network for any updates, and a premiere date, for Throttle on HBO Max.

Thomas Tuna
Thomas A. Tuna is a comic book veteran who began his writing career back in the ’70s with Charlton Comics, contributing to such horror titles as Ghost Manor, Haunted, The Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves and Ghostly Haunts. Most recently, he has served as a writer and editor (with more than a smattering of horror yarns) for such comic book websites as Hyper Epics and Red Moon Features. Some of his favorite horror flicks include Jaws, Salem’s Lot, Dracula (with Frank Langella) and Blade. His favorite horror comic books? Tomb of Dracula (by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan) and Swamp Thing (by Len Wein and Berni Wrightson).

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