He had been talking it up, but now it’s official – George Romero is teaming with Stephen King again for From A Buick 8, based on King’s recent novel.
I don’t know much about the book, having completely given up on King a couple of years ago, but here’s the synopsis from Variety: “story of a state trooper who is killed on the side of the road. The man’s colleagues try to help his son cope, but when the boy discovers his father’s dark secret in the barracks’ back shed, things start to stir not only in the shed but in the hearts and minds of the veteran troopers who surround him.”
Well, we’ll see. The car on the cover of the book led me to believe this was essentially Christine Again.
The folks behind this film, Chesapeake Films, has hired Johnathon Schaech and Richard Chizmar to write the adaptation. The duo also adapted Stephen King and Peter Straub’s Black House, which I thought was a sequel to The Talisman, making it a weird book to adapt.
King, meanwhile, has signed a deal to continue his increasingly masturbatory and boring Dark Tower series at Marvel Comics. What he should do is integrate his out of touch grumpy old man column from Entertainment Weekly and have Roland wander about grumbling about rap music and TV commercials. It would still sell millions.