Stephen King thinks the damn-near three-hour 1993 TV adaptation of his 1987 science-fiction novel The Tommyknockers should have been… longer? Looks like it.
King tells NYTimes: “I didn’t like it; I didn’t care for it at all. [Jimmy Smits] is a fine actor [but] he had to give a bunch of pretentious, portentous lines. [And it] should have been much longer. It felt kind of cheap and thrown together. I felt like they missed the sense of the book.”
Hurm. Interesting. After all, this is a novel that King himself has described as “an awful book” in the past. Not sure exactly what he hoped the mini-series could have accomplished. But all the same, I’d be down for a longer version of the story.
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That said, I’m not sure that’s in the cards for the book.
After all, last year we learned James Wan is producing a readaptation of King’s novel with The Exorcist showrunner Jeremy Slater penning the script. And I think it’s only supposed to be a two-some-odd-hour movie. But we’ll see. Stay tuned.
Here’s the book’s rundown via Amazon: On a beautiful June day, while walking deep in the woods in Haven, Maine, Bobbi Anderson stumbles over her own destiny and that of the entire town. The dull gray metal protrusion she discovers in the ground is part of a mysterious and massive metal object. One that may have been buried for millennia. Bobbi can’t help but become obsessed and try to dig it out. The consequences of which will affect and transmute every citizen of Haven. It means unleashing extraordinary powers beyond those of mere mortals—and certain death for any and all outsiders. An alien hell has now invaded this small New England town…an aggressive and violent malignancy devoid of any mercy or sanity…
Are you up for a longer version of The Tommyknockers?