Jeremy Slater, who created FOX’s “The Exorcist” series and penned Pet, Death Note andThe Lazarus Effect, has been tapped to write Tommyknockers, a feature film based on Stephen King’s 1987 sci-fi horror novel, for Universal, says 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. Wan, who helmed the first Conjuring, Saw, and Insidious films, will not direct, Bloody Disgusting can confirm.
“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.
Roy Lee (Godzilla, The Ring, Quarantine, Blair Witch) 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.
Jimmy Smits and Marg Helgenberger starred in the two-part 1993 ABC miniseries.