As Stephen King Mania continues, Deadline is reporting that Gaumont Television has confirmed the studio is developing an adaptation of the prolific author’s 2008 novella N. The story appears in the Just After Sunset collection, and the TV version will be rechristened “8.”
Lights Out and Annabelle: Creation helmer David F. Sandberg is directing the pilot while Ant-Man and The Wasp scripters Andrew Barrer and Gabe Ferrari are writing. Sandberg, Barrer, and Ferrari are exec producing alongside Lotta Losten (Lights Out) and 3 Arts Entertainment’s Erwin Stoff, who are supervising the project.
“8” will take place in Maine, where a group of eight imposing stones contains an ancient evil so terrifying that it can drive visitors mad. In the summer of 1992, three teenagers escaped the malicious force and are confronted 25 years later.
In other King-related news, during an interview with Vulture, King had the following to say regarding the film adaptation of The Dark Tower and Glen Mazzara’s upcoming series version…
“The major challenge was to do a film based on a series of books that’s really long, about 3,000 pages,” said King. “The other part of it was the decision to do a PG-13 feature adaptation of books that are extremely violent and deal with violent behavior in a fairly graphic way. That was something that had to be overcome, although I’ve gotta say, I thought [screenwriter] Akiva Goldsman did a terrific job in taking a central part of the book and turning it into what I thought was a pretty good movie. The TV series they’re developing now … we’ll see what happens with that. It would be like a complete reboot, so we’ll just have to see.”
Stay tuned for more on each project!