Not since the ’80s has Stephen King experienced such popularity. Now in the midst of several film adaptations of his novels comes word of another treatment, this time it’s the big-screen version of his 1999 novel The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon.
What’s more, this adaptation is getting some serious horror names to bolster its production such as Chris Romero, the former wife of late horror filmmaker George A. Romero who had originally wanted to do the project himself at the turn of the century, but he passed away before it came to fruition.
IT producer Roy Lee is also behind the project.
The Hollywood Reporter gives a brief synopsis of the novel:
“Tom Gordon tells of a young girl named Trisha McFarland who gets lost while hiking with her recently divorced mother and brother in the woods. Nine years old and scared of the dark, the girl winds up stumbling through the woods for nine days, wandering farther and farther from civilization even as she tries to make her way back home. As she walks, dehydration, hunger and exhaustion cause her to hallucinate, talking to several people, including her idol, a baseball player named Tom Gordon.
But she also begins to believe that she’s being stalked by a supernatural beast known as The God of the Lost, and soon her ordeal becomes a test of both her sanity and her ability to fight for her life.”
Stephen King himself applauded the news that the Romero name is attached to the project. He had previously worked with George on Creepshow and The Dark Half.
“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,” said King in a statement.
A search for a writer to tackle the script is underway.