In another example of tapping the well of Stephen King’s talent, ‘The Tommyknockers‘ is being made into a feature film and Universal Pictures has tapped writer Jeremy Slater (‘The Exorcist’,’Death Note’) to scribe the script. He’s had quite a bit of success in television and also wrote ‘The Umbrella Academy‘ which is coming to Netflix in 2019 but will likely forever be cursed to be remembered as being a writer on the 2015 ‘Fantastic Four.‘ This isn’t a reason to worry though as it is being produced by James Wan and Michael Clear who brought us ‘The Nun’ as well as ‘Annabelle: Creation’ while Roy Lee from ‘It’ will be joining them.
This will be the first time ‘The Tommyknockers’ is being tackled for the big screen, however a mini-series was released in 1993 which is a cult classic that starred Jimmy Smits (‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’,’Sons of Anarchy’) and Marg Helgenberger (‘Under the Dome’,’Species’).
For those of you who haven’t seen the mini-series or read the novel, King describes ‘The Tommyknockers’ as:
Writer Bobbi Anderson becomes obsessed with digging up something she’s found buried
in the woods near her home. With the help of her friend, Jim Gardener, she uncovers an
alien spaceship. Though exposure to the Tommyknockers who piloted the alien craft has
detrimental effects on residents’ health, the people of Haven develop a talent for creating
innovative devices under its increasingly malignant influence.
With James Wan being one of the guiding hands behind the film, you can’t help but think they’ll be giving us some solid scares. While the original take on ‘The Tommyknockers’ is a cult classic, the special effects haven’t aged well, and this is one story which might be better to have its viewing time trimmed down.
Are you excited for a new take on ‘The Tommyknockers’? Do you feel that the mini-series was enough to sate your appetite for the creepy aliens in Haven? Share your thoughts below!