Congatulations, THE TOMMYKNOCKERS: You’re The Next Big-Budget Stephen King Adaptation

This was a...bold choice.

Here's a development we absolutely, positively did not expect to be reporting on today: according to The Hollywood Reporter, The Conjuring mastermind James Wan and IT producer Roy Lee are teaming up for a brand-new adaptation of Stephen King's The Tommyknockers.

According to THR, Wan and Lee do not yet have a distributor attached, but have pitched the project out to studios (and, yes, streaming services) ahead of the holiday weekend. Sounds like they're fairly confident someone will step up to the plate. 

And ya know what? They're probably not wrong. Thanks to the gargantuan success of Andy Muschietti's IT (and with absolutely zero thanks to Sony's immediately-forgotten Dark Tower adaptation), Stephen King properties are hot again, with a new version of Pet Sematary and an IT sequel already in the works (allegedly, there's also an adaptation of The Stand brewing over at Warner Bros., but that whole thing had Josh Boone attached, and - as you know - his dance card's gonna be full for a while).

For those unfamiliar with the novel, The Tommyknockers tells the story of an entire Maine town that gets strangely infected when a crashed UFO is unearthed out in the woods. Those infected become hyper-intelligent, manic, dangerous in unexpected ways. The entire thing's a metaphor for cocaine addiction, in other words, which King was struggling with when he wrote the novel. It was previously (and unfortunately) adapted once before, back in 1993, for television. That version starred Traci Lords and Jimmy Smits and we've all agreed not to talk about it.

Will Wan and Lee land a deal? Will it come together quickly enough to beat Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kolsch's Pet Sematary adaptation across the finish line? Should we really be making another Tommyknockers movie to begin with, considering all the other legitimately great and as-yet-untapped King properties out there? We know what we think, but let's hear what you have to say in the comments below.

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