It appears that From a Buick 8 will be the latest Stephen King novel to receive an adaptation, this time with Renegade Entertainment, a newly formed LA-based content company created by Thomas Jane (The Mist) and Courtney Lauren Penn.
The novel, which released in 2002, tells the story of a mysterious car–a 1953 Buick Roadmaster–that is left at a gas station in Western Pennsylvania in 1979. The steering wheel is immobile and all the gauges on the dash are props. The police impound the vehicle and it sits in a shed for 20 years.
Strange things, of course, begin to happen in town and one young man is convinced that the vehicle is the center of the disturbances.
“From a Buick 8 is a thrilling and deeply personal project for us,” Jane and Penn were quoted by Deadline, “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 novel has been caught in development hell for well over a decade. It was originally to have been adapted by George A. Romero in 2005 who was later replaced by Tobe Hooper in the director’s chair.
After a while, the project was shelved and almost forgotten entirely. It will be interesting to see how the new company handles the adaptation, and iHorror will keep you posted on those details as they become available.