Stephen King is digging deeper into the TV game.
With the second season of the CBS drama “Under the Dome” — for which King wrote the premiere episode — debuting later this month, King has lined up another TV gig, this time with Lifetime.
Lifetime has ordered the original TV movie “Big Driver,” which is based on a King novella called, “Full Dark, No Stars.” The movie will star “Prime Suspect” alum Maria Bello as Tess Thorne, a famous mystery writer who gets sidetracked during a long drive home from a book signing. After deciding to take a shortcut, she becomes stranded on a lonely New England road when her tire blows out. Thorne encounters another driver (Will Harris) who turns out to be a serial killer and assaults her. After being left for dead, Thorne escapes and plots her revenge.
Production on the film, which is being produced by Onstar Productions and executive produced by Bill Haber (“The Trip to Bountiful”) and Jeffrey Hayes (“A Day Late and a Dollar Short”), is scheduled to begin in Halifax, Nova Scotia this summer. Richard Christian Matheson (“Masters of Horror”) wrote the screenplay, with Mikael Salomon (Lifetime’s “Drew Peterson: Untouchable”) directing.
“Big Driver” is slated for a fall premiere.