Joe Hill & Stephen King’s Throttle getting feature adaptation at HBO Max
WarnerMedia has enjoyed large success adapting the extensive literary library of Stephen King and now its upcoming streaming service HBO Max has acquired the rights to King and son Joe Hill’s novella Throttle for a feature adaptation, according to Deadline.
Originally published in 2009, the story centers on a father and son who lead a biker gang that are terrorized by a big rig truck driver on an isolated stretch of the American desert. The novella was published in a limited edition anthology He Is Legend honoring Richard Matheson, whose short story “Duel” served as inspiration for Throttle, with a comic book adaptation from IDW Publishing debuting in 2012.
The adaptation is set to be penned by Leigh Dana Jackson, a writer and executive producer on Netflix’s Raising Dion, with David S. Goyer (Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Terminator: Dark Fate) set to produce alongside Keith Levine through their Phantom Four banner.
WarnerMedia and their various distribution labels have been one of the primary sources for King adaptations for the past 40 years, going all the way back to Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining and immediately following it with Creepshow and Carrie and bringing to life everything from The Green Mile and It to The Mangler and Dreamcatcher, with the most recent coming in the form of last year’s well-received Doctor Sleep from Mike Flanagan (The Haunting of Hill House).
Hill has seen a number of his own projects find their way to the TV and feature-length worlds, including AMC’s hit vampire psychological thriller NOS4A2, which is set to premiere its second season on June 21, and Netflix’s Locke & Key and In The Tall Grass, which he co-wrote with King.
Phantom Four Production is no stranger to the horror world as they are currently attached to the Keri Russell-led Antlers, which they are co-producing with Guillermo Del Toro (Scary Stories to Tell In The Dark) and is set to hit theaters later this year after being delayed due to the global pandemic, as well as The Night House from David Bruckner (The Ritual), which premiered to strong reviews at Sundance earlier this year.
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