Universal Pictures to Adapt Stephen King’s ‘The Tommyknockers’


The incredible success of “It” last year understandably has movie studios trying to once again get into the Stephen King business. After all, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right? We can expect plenty more adaptations of his novels in the coming years, adding to the many that have already been turning into films. One of the books next in line for the cinematic treatment is “The Tommyknockers,” which has the potential to be a pretty big event horror flicks. Well, fans of it can now get a little more excited, as a studio has stepped up to produce it.

Variety has a report that an auction was held to “The Tommyknockers” rights, with Universal Pictures emerging victorious. With that, it’s now their property. James Wan is one of the producers here, though he won’t direct. Still, Wan working on a King story has a ton of horror potential. For the moment, between Universal and Wan, things are in very good hands.

Here is what Amazon lists as the plot for “The Tommyknockers”:

On a beautiful June day, while walking deep in the woods on her property in Haven, Maine, Bobbi Anderson quite literally stumbles over her own destiny and that of the entire town. For the dull gray metal protrusion she discovers in the ground is part of a mysterious and massive metal object, one that may have been buried there for millennia. Bobbi can’t help but become obsessed and try to dig it out…the consequences of which will affect and transmute every citizen of Haven, young and old. It means unleashing extraordinary powers beyond those of mere mortals—and certain death for any and all outsiders. An alien hell has now invaded this small New England town…an aggressive and violent malignancy devoid of any mercy or sanity…

It’s still early in the development life for this adaptation, but it’s coming. Stay tuned for more when we have it.