Last summer, we learned that Hyde Park Entertainment had hired The Devil Inside's William Brent Bell to write and direct an adaptation of Stephen King's From a Buick 8, a novel which combines two of King's favorite genres - "Killer Car" and "Alternate Worlds". In the time since, we've heard nothing else about the project, but today brings something of an update.
"Actor Thomas Jane (The Predator) and producer Courtney Lauren Penn (Altitude) are teaming up to form LA-based content company Renegade Entertainment with Stephen King novel adaptation From A Buick 8 their first movie project on the docket."
So, ah, sounds like that William Brent Bell version ain't happening anymore! But hey, in his place you're getting the involvement of Thomas Jane, who's certainly no stranger to the world of Stephen King adaptations (Jane previously appeared in Frank Darabont's The Mist, Lawrence Kasdan's Dreamcatcher [lol] and Zak Hilditch's 1922). Will Jane play a character in From a Buick 8? Seems all but guaranteed, but we'll see.
In any event, I'm just hyped to learn that a From a Buick 8 movie is happening; At this point, I don't care who makes the damn thing, I just want it to exist. That is one strange little novel, and with the right kind of VFX and a strong cast, it could yield a very weird, very entertaining little movie. Here's hoping this one makes it all the way past the starting line.
Stay tuned for more on the new From a Buick 8 as further updates become available.