Published back in 2002, Stephen King's "From a Buick 8" tells the story of a car which is a door to another dimension, and has been developed for film by various companies over the years, and we've now learned via Deadline that the adaptation is finally happening this time with actor Thomas Jane (pictured below in The Mist, The Predator, The Punisher) and producer Courtney Lauren Penn (Altitude). The duo are teaming up to form LA-based content company Renegade Entertainment for the adaptation.
Renegade, which will develop and produce film, TV, games and immersive content, is partnering with King to adapt and produce the thriller novel.
"'From a Buick 8' centers around the rural town of Statler, Pennsylvania where the state police have kept a mysterious 1954 Buick Roadmaster in the shed behind the barracks for over twenty years. When the town is plagued by strange and supernatural events, it turns out the Buick isn’t what it seems to be."
"'From a Buick 8′ is a thrilling and deeply personal project for us," said Jane and Penn. "As we explore a uniquely structured mystery spanning the 70s, 80s, 90s and post-9/11 era, centered around a son’s search for the truth behind his father’s sudden death. Along with first love and grief, terrifying and philosophic mysteries are spawned by inexplicable events connected to the titular car. We are honored that Stephen is supporting our vision of his brilliant, provocative novel."
The adaptation was once developed as a vehicle for Night Of The Living Dead‘s George Romero and was previously in the works at Hyde Park Entertainment with writer William Brent Bell (The Boy, The Devil Inside).
Thomas Jane, who founded the graphic novel company RAW Studios in 2011, has featured in three previous King adaptations: 1922, The Mist, and Dreamcatcher.
Jane and Penn are also currently working on a slate of projects including original and established IP, features, series, graphic novels and gaming.
Stay tuned for more updates on the adaptation!