Yet another big-screen adaptation of a Stephen King bestseller inches closer to cinematic reality.
Village Roadshow Pictures this week announced that Scottish director Lynne Ramsay will helm the movie version of King’s 1999 novel The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Ramsay–probably best known for her work on such genre films as We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011) and You Were Never Really Here (2017)–co-wrote the screenplay with Christy Hall (I’m Not Okay With This).
Adding to the behind-the-scenes horror pedigree, the movie is produced by Christine Romero, former wife of the late, legendary George A. Romero, Roy Lee of Vertigo Films (responsible for the It and Doctor Sleep adaptations) and Jon Berg of Stampede Ventures.
It even was reported that George A. Romero himself was interested in writing and directing an adaptation of Tom Gordon, but those plans stalled in October of 2005 before his death. Last year, the project was revived, with Romero’s production company still attached.
This very atypical King 224-page novel–published by Scribner–is not the usual horror-fest fans have come to expect from the celebrated author. King, a well-known Boston Red Sox booster, wrote this story about nine-year-old Trisha McFarland–a fan of BoSox hurler Tom Gordon–who becomes lost along a branch of the Appalachian Trail. Gone for days, “Trisha has only her portable radio for comfort,” according to the official synopsis. “She listens to baseball games and fantasizes her hero (Gordon) will save her. Nature isn’t her only adversary, though–something dangerous may be tracking Trisha through the dark woods.”
No casting choices have been announced at this time, but presumably that will be the next step in the process–with the key behind-the-camera talent now in place. Shooting is expected to start sometime next year.
So, keep reading Horror News Network for further updates on this adaptation of The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon.