A Stephen King adaptation (one in a series–collect ’em all!) that came to light months ago has started to gain momentum with the naming of an experienced genre director.
Jim Mickle this week was tapped to helm the cinematic treatment of the horror master’s 2002 novel From a Buick 8, as reported by slashfilm.com.
The novel–published nearly two decades after King’s first (and more celebrated) book about a possessed car, Christine–attracted the attention of actor Thomas Jane and Courtney Lauren Penn, who had just formed the production company Renegade Entertainment. Their first project, as reported, would be the adaptation of From a Buick 8.
And now, a recent episode of The Kingcast with Jane as guest has shed some light on this project. Jane–who already has three other King adaptations under his belt (Dreamcatcher, The Mist and 1922)–said Mickle is on board to direct the adaptation.
“We’ve signed Jim Mickle on,” Jane said during the podcast. “It is (exciting), and we’ve got a couple of fantastic writers that Jim has worked with in the past. Everybody was so excited, and we had meetings all around town.” No additional details were forthcoming, but this seems to be a big step in the right direction.
Mickle’s directorial debut was the 2006 horror film Mulberry Street. He also helmed the 2010 vampire flick Stake Land and, most recently, directed the 2019 Netflix science-fiction/horror movie In the Shadow of the Moon.
The novel in question–which drew its title from the 1965 Bob Dylan song From a Buick 6–tells the story of a 1953 Buick Roadmaster that is “just wrong. As it turned out, the Buick 8 was worse than dangerous…there’s more under the hood than anyone can handle.”
The book’s jacket blurb adds that the tale is “about our fascination with deadly things, about our insistence on answers when there are none, about terror and courage in the face of the unknowable.”
Keep reading Horror News Network for more details on From a Buick 8 as they become available.