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Joe Hill Up to Reboot Stephen King’s MAXIMUM OVERDRIVE

Locke & Key and NOS4A2 writer Joe Hill would jump right into directing. Well, that is, he’d love to jump right into directing if offered the chance to helm a remake of his father Stephen King’s one and only feature directing effort, Maximum Overdrive.

He tells Post Mortem with Mick Garris: “If someone offered me the chance to write and direct a relaunch of Maximum Overdrive, I’d jump at that in a second. The time is right, okay. So basically, they’re all the self-driving vehicles. So it’s no longer a comet that sets them off, it’s a virus in the electronics that sets them off. And so you’ve got these giant Tesla semi-trucks, ya know, wiping everyone out.”

I can’t tell if he’s joking…

The 1986 cult classic horror-comedy was written and directed by Stephen King based on his short story Trucks from Night Shift. It stars Emilio Estevez, Laura Harrington, Yeardley Smith, John Short, Frankie Faison, and Pat Hingle (Batman).

It begins after a comet causes a radiation storm on Earth, machines come to life and turn against their makers. Holed up in a North Carolina truck stop, a group of survivors must fend for themselves against a mass of homicidal trucks. A diner cook emerges as the unlikely leader of the pack, attempting to find an escape plan for himself and the survivors, who include his boss, and a newlywed couple.

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Written by Mike Sprague

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