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Bryan Fuller driving new film version of Stephen King’s “CHRISTINE” for Blumhouse and Sony

Tuesday, June 8, 2021 | News

By MICHAEL GINGOLD

With their FIRESTARTER currently rolling, Jason Blum’s fright factory is getting another King classic back before the cameras.

Deadline reports that Blumhouse and Sony Pictures are teaming on a new movie adaptation of CHRISTINE, Stephen King’s 1983 novel about a nerdy teenager who buys a broken-down 1958 Plymouth Fury with a sinister past. As he fixes the car up, he becomes more confident and aggressive, and both his and the car’s dark side begin to emerge. Bryan Fuller, a veteran of genre TV projects ranging from HEROES to HANNIBAL to AMERICAN GODS, is scripting and will direct the film, whose producing team also includes Vincenzo Natali (who previously ventured into King territory with IN THE TALL GRASS) and Steven Hoban of the GINGER SNAPS series.

The site notes that Fuller intends to keep his adaptation faithful to King’s novel, which includes keeping the 1980s setting. CHRISTINE, of course, was previously adapted by John Carpenter for a feature also released in ’83, starring Keith Gordon, John Stockwell, Alexandra Paul and Harry Dean Stanton.

Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold (RUE MORGUE's Head Writer) has been covering the world of horror cinema for over three decades, and spent 28 years as a writer and editor for FANGORIA magazine and its website. In addition to RUE MORGUE, he currently writes for BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, SCREAM, IndieWire.com, TIME OUT, DELIRIUM and others. His book THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES (FAB Press) is out this fall, and he has contributed liner notes and featurettes to a number of Blu-ray and DVD releases. Among his screenplay credits are SHADOW: DEAD RIOT and LEECHES!, and he is currently working on THE DOLL with director Dante Tomaselli.