Deadline is reporting that Emmy nominee Bryan Fuller (Pushing Daisies, Heroes, Star Trek: Discovery) will write and direct a new adaptation of Stephen King’s classic horror novel Christine for Sony Pictures and Blumhouse. The project will serve as the Hannibal creator’s feature directing debut.
Fuller reportedly plans to set the new version of the story in the 1980s and keep it grounded in King’s original work. Jason Blum is producing the movie for Blumhouse, along with Vincenzo Natali and Steven Hoban. Peter Kang will oversee the project for Sony Pictures.
Christine was previously adapted by director John Carpenter and screenwriter Bill Phillips in 1983, starring Keith Gordon, John Stockwell, Alexandra Paul, Robert Prosky, and Harry Dean Stanton in the supernatural horror film.
The book, published in 1983, tells the story of a 1958 Plymouth Fury that is possessed by malevolent supernatural forces. Taking place in 1978, high school student Arnie buys and restores the car and soon his personality begins to take on traits similar to the previous owner, Roland D. LeBay, who had a history of violent behavior and whose daughter and wife both died inside of the car. Arnie’s girlfriend, Leigh, and his friend Dennis attempt to find out the truth behind Christine, who will seek revenge on anyone standing in her path.
Last year, Fuller appeared on The Kingcast podcast, hosted by Scott Wampler and Eric Vespe, to discuss King’s novel as well as Carpenter’s adaptation. For more insight into Fuller’s analysis of the story, you can listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts or Spotify.