James Wan and Roy Lee to Remake Stephen King’s ‘The Tommyknockers’

In an exclusive report by The Hollywood Reporter, James Wan and Roy Lee (the producer of It, Bates Motel)  are poised to remake Stephen King’s The Tommyknockers.  Wan and Lee are also joined by Larry Sanitsky, who executive produced the original 1993 TV miniseries adaptation of The Tommyknockers.

Sanitsky described the story as “…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 Tommyknockers is the second-best-selling King book of all time (in its initial hard cover release) and is being developed at a time when any property by King is seen as a potential cash cow, after It exploded for over $700 million worldwide.

The novel “…focuses on a town in Maine that falls under the influence of a dangerous gas from an unearthed space craft. The gas begins to transform the people, giving them enhanced abilities, but also making them violent and subject to an alien hive mentality. One man, thanks to a steel plate in his head, is immune to the effects and tries to stop the townspeople.”

The original adaptation was produced by ABC as a miniseries (starring Jimmy Smits and Marg Helgenberger) and was a ratings hit at that time. Back in 2013, plans for an NBC remake never materialized, but it looks like fans will finally get the big budget remake they were looking for.

No other details about the Wan, Lee, Sanitsky production have been announced so stay tuned to Horror News Network for further updates as they are announced.

Nick Banks
Nick Banks
Nick joined the website in 2015. His lifelong love of comics and horror began with Universal Monsters and the Incredible Hulk. He has fond memories of going to Waldbaum’s supermarket with his mother and being rewarded with a 3-pack of sealed comics. It’s been all downhill from there… Since those early days, his life has been immersed in four color action and scares on the silver screen.

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