Tropic Thunder and Heavyweights star Ben Stiller has optioned the rights to Stephen King’s Rat and intends to produce, direct, and star.
The story centers on a frustrated writer named Drew Larson. With an acclaimed short story to his credit who turns to academia because each time he’s got a good book idea, something terrible happens.
Determined to write an idea for a Western, he heads out to an old family cabin in the woods to get it done. Severe storms occur and he makes a Faustian bargain with a rat to alleviate his writer’s block. Larson believes it was done in a dream state of delirium, but finds when he returns home that he made a rat pact to trade success for the life of a loved one…
The novella is featured in King’s recent four novella collection If It Bleeds.