Writer Jeremy Slater (FOX’s “The Exorcist,” “Fantastic Four,”) has been tapped to write “Tommyknockers,” a feature film based on Stephen King’s 1987 sci-fi horror novel, for Universal, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.
James Wan, who is in post-production on “Aquaman” and produces “The Conjuring” franchise, will produce through his Atomic Monster banner. Michael Clear will also produce for Atomic Monster.
Roy Lee and Jon Berg will produce through Vertigo Entertainment along with Larry Sanitsky, who executive produced the hit 1993 ABC miniseries, also based on the book.
Universal won the rights and beat out aggressive bids from Sony and Netflix.
“The Tommyknockers” is about the residents of Haven, Maine, who experience changes from a metal object that turns out to be an extension of a long-buried alien spacecraft. Once it’s exposed, the spacecraft releases an invisible gas into the atmosphere that gradually transforms people into beings similar to their alien visitors.
Jimmy Smits and Marg Helgenberger starred in the two-part 1993 ABC miniseries.
Slater’s recent credits include showrunning two seasons of Fox’s “The Exorcist.” On the feature side, Slater’s credits include “Death Note,” “The Fantastic Four,” “Pet'” and “The Lazarus Effect.”
Slater is repped by UTA, Kaplan/Perrone Entertainment and McKuin Frankel.
James Wan is repped by Scott Henderson at Paradigm Talent Agency, manager Stacey Testro, and attorney David Fox.