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    Stephen King’s bestselling novel From A Buick 8 has been optioned by Ashok Amritraj’s Hyde Park Entertainment. Amritraj has set William Brent Bell to write the script and direct. Bell last helmed the STX release The Boy, and his other credits include the Paramont genre hit The Devil Inside, Wer, and Stay Alive. Amritraj will produce. Addison Mehr and Priya Amritraj will be executive producers.

    King published the novel in 2002, his second to feature a vintage car as a fulcrum of evil, alongside Christine. From a Buick 8 centers around the rural town of Statler, Pennsylvania where the state police have kept a mysterious 1954 Buick Roadmaster in the shed behind the barracks for over twenty years. But when the town is plagued by strange and supernatural events, it turns out the Buick isn’t exactly a car- it’s a door to another dimension. Pic becomes the latest title on the prolific author’s back list to reignite. It was once developed as a vehicle for Night of the Living Dead‘s George Romero.

    Hyde Park will continue its long-term feature film financing partnership here with ImageNation Abu Dhabi. Next up on the genre front for Hyde Park is Prey, which Hyde Park fully financed as a co-production with Blumhouse. Amritraj and Jason Blum produce that one.

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    The director of ‘The Boy’ and ‘The Devil Inside’? This is in good hands.


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    Cool news. I don't think there were any other news about the Romero version other than the original announcement in November 2005:

    http://www.ign.com/articles/2005/11/...riving-buick-8
    Night of the Living Dead director George A. Romero has signed a deal with newly-formed production company Chesapeake Films to helm a movie adaptation of Stephen King's novel From a Buick 8, according to today's Variety.

    The novel, published in 2002, is the story of a man who, following the death of his police officer father in a tragic accident, discovers a secret that members of Pennsylvania State Patrol's Troop D have long kept hidden behind their headquarters. The man encounters his father's friends and colleagues who take turns relating the twenty-year history of the mysterious Buick Roadmaster locked in Shed B and how its discovery and unexplained behavior has captivated the tightly knit group of men for two decades. The Buick seems to be a conduit to another reality and every now and then it breathes, inhaling a little bit of this world, exhaling a little bit of whatever world it came from.

    It's more like King's The Green Mile than his earlier automobile-centric work Christine, which was also turned into a film.

    The script for From a Buick 8 was penned by Johnathon Schaech and Richard Chizmar, principles at Chesapeake Films.

    Romero, whose work was last seen in theaters with Land of the Dead, is currently in production on Diamond Dead, the story of a young woman who must kill 365 people with the help of a rock band that she accidentally killed and brought back to life. He's also linked to another Stephen King adaptation, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon.

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    Oh right, I remember now. It was Tobe Hooper later in 2007:

    https://variety.com/2007/film/market...ar-1117973826/
    Tobe Hooper will direct the feature adaptation of Stephen King’s novel “From a Buick 8.”

    Actor-writer Johnathon Schaech and Richard Chizmar wrote the script, which was optioned by Moonstone Entertainment chairman-CEO Etchie Stroh and Amicus Entertainment prexy Robert Katz.

    “From a Buick 8” centers on a mysterious Buick stored in a state trooper barracks. After one of the troopers dies, his son becomes obsessed with the mysterious vintage automobile.

    “From a Buick 8” will not be “your stock horror film by any means. There’s a really cool, layered quality to the story,” Hooper said. “The producers, writers and I shared the same sensibility about the project and responded to it in a similar way.”

    Stroh and Katz will produce the film under their partnership, which was announced at the Cannes Film Festival (Daily Variety, May 16). Also producing are Schaech and Chizmar, through their Chesapeake Films banner, and frequent King collaborator Mick Garris (“Masters of Horror,” “The Stand”).

    Hooper, who helmed the original “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” has most recently directed episodes of Showtime’s “Masters of Horror” and the miniseries “Ghosts” for Lionsgate.

    George Romero was at one time attached to direct “Buick” for Chesapeake.

    Moonstone Entertainment has produced and handled international sales for pics including “The Promise,” from Chen Kaige; Robert Altman’s “Cookie’s Fortune”; and Mike Figgis’ “Miss Julie.”

    Amicus produced “Stuck,” which bowed at the Toronto Film Festival, and the upcoming remake of “It’s Alive.” Katz exec produced the Schaech starrer “Sea of Dreams,” currently in theaters.

    Schaech next stars in Screen Gems’ “Prom Night,” which bows in April. Scribner, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, published “From a Buick 8.” Chizmar’s Cemetery Dance book imprint published a limited edition of the novel.
    And then it disappeared:

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    Unfortunately, the recent economic crisis is hitting film production pretty hard of late. Schaech admits that he thought the project was practically a done deal after getting King’s approval and signing on director Tobe Hooper. “That’s what we thought,” says Schaech, raising his voice and laughing.

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    Ive been waiting ages for this... I know few didn't like the book that much, but I loved it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CyberGhostface View Post
    The director of ‘The Boy’ and ‘The Devil Inside’? This is in good hands.

    Guess the inevitable wave of terrible King adaptations is in sight now too

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    Yep. I don't want to keep on saying "Mike Flanagan should do this" to every single King film but this is something he could have done perfectly as it's a pretty slow book with only sporadic glimpses at the 'other side'.


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