The cinematic era of Stephen King continues with news that Friday Universal Pictures won the much protracted bidding war to produce a movie take on the horror master's 1987 novel The Tommyknockers with The Conjuring and Insidious’s James Wan producing.

The Tommyknockers tells the story of a Maine town where the inhabitants start exhibiting insidious paranormal abilities after being exposed to a mysterious gas from an alien spacecraft. This grows to a very dangerous hive mentality with horrible consequences.

The Tommyknockers was made into a 1993 TV mini-series (Larry Sanitsky, a producer on the 1993 version, is enlisted along with Wan, Roy Lee and others, to produce), starring Jimmy Smits and Marg Helgenberger. It continues the recent era of King's work being put into cinematic form, with last year's It (and Chapter 2), Castle Rock, 1922 and Gerald’s Game.

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