Before his death, we knew that George A. Romero wanted to direct a cinematic take on Stephen King‘s ‘The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon’ and now his wife wants to finish what they had been planning. Chris Romero had long ago started Sanibel Films with her husband and is catching up on what they had planned. Now, she is moving forward with their plan for the film.
She has teamed up with Roy Lee who produced ‘It’ as well as Jon Berg of Vertigo Films and Ryan Silbert (‘Stan Lee’s Alliances: A Trick of the Light’) of Origin Story to bring the 1999 novel to life. Andrew Childs is also involved as an executive producer. At this time, they are currently looking for a writer to tackle the screenplay.
George A. Romero was working on this originally in the early 2000s, but progress stalled, and things came to a head with Romero’s death.
The official synopsis from the novel reads:
During a six-mile hike on the Maine-New Hampshire branch of the Appalachian Trail, nine-year-old Trisha McFarland quickly tires of the constant bickering between her older brother and her recently divorced mother. But when she wanders off by herself, she becomes lost in a wilderness maze full of peril and terror. As night falls, Trisha has only her ingenuity as a defense against the elements, and only her courage and faith to withstand her mounting fears. For solace, she tunes her headphones to broadcasts of Boston Red Sox baseball games and follows the gritty performances of her hero, relief pitcher Tom Gordon. And when the reception begins to fade, Trisha imagines that Tom Gordon is with her—the protector from an enemy who may or may not be imagined…one who is watching her, waiting for her in the dense, dark woods…
For those who feel Vertigo sounds like a familiar production company, they not only have done a lot of work in horror but specifically have produced Stephen King’s ‘It’ and the upcoming ‘It Chapter Two‘ and ‘Doctor Sleep.’
So far, there is quite a bit of talent behind the camera on this one.
According to the author himself, King has shared:
“I’m thrilled that my book is being brought to the screen, and that George’s company is involved. Chris (Romero) has worked long and hard to make this project happen.”
Romero and King had worked together in the past, and it is great that this film will still be made.
Are you excited for a live-action take on ‘The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon’? Do you feel it is fitting that Chris Romero is helping bring it to life? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
Source: The Hollywood Reporter