By MICHAEL GINGOLD
With their FIRESTARTER currently rolling, Jason Blum’s fright factory is getting another King classic back before the cameras.
Deadline reports that Blumhouse and Sony Pictures are teaming on a new movie adaptation of CHRISTINE, Stephen King’s 1983 novel about a nerdy teenager who buys a broken-down 1958 Plymouth Fury with a sinister past. As he fixes the car up, he becomes more confident and aggressive, and both his and the car’s dark side begin to emerge. Bryan Fuller, a veteran of genre TV projects ranging from HEROES to HANNIBAL to AMERICAN GODS, is scripting and will direct the film, whose producing team also includes Vincenzo Natali (who previously ventured into King territory with IN THE TALL GRASS) and Steven Hoban of the GINGER SNAPS series.
The site notes that Fuller intends to keep his adaptation faithful to King’s novel, which includes keeping the 1980s setting. CHRISTINE, of course, was previously adapted by John Carpenter for a feature also released in ’83, starring Keith Gordon, John Stockwell, Alexandra Paul and Harry Dean Stanton.