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Throttle, the novella by Stephen King and his son, novelist Joe Hill, is getting the big-screen treatment.
Producer Emile Gladstone and his A Bigger Boat Productions have optioned the story and set John Scott III, the writer of the 2015 Arnold Schwarzenegger zombie movie Maggie, to pen the screenplay.
Taking its inspiration from the classic Richard Matheson short story Duel, Throttle tells of a motorcycle gang riding across a stark Nevada desert, after a deal gone bad, who become pursued by a faceless trucker hell-bent on revenge. The main thrust of the story is the relationship between a father and son.
The story was originally published in 2009 as part of a Matheson tribute.
The optioning of Throttle is the latest movement on a King property and comes when the author is gearing up to have his biggest Hollywood year in decades: Sony’s adaptation of The Dark Tower, starring Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba, will hit theaters July 28; New Line’s adaptation of It, directed by Andres Muschietti, is set to open Sept. 8; and J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions is creating a Hulu series based on a sort of King Universe via a series titled Castle Rock.
Hill followed in his father’s footsteps to become a writer, and Hollywood has also knocked on his door: His latest novel, The Fireman, is being adapted into a feature at Fox with Temple Hill producing and Louis Leterrier directing; his forthcoming novella Snapshot is being developed at Universal for a feature with Weed Road and Blumhouse producing; and Horns was adapted into a 2014 film directed by Alex Aja and starring Daniel Radcliffe.
Gladstone previously produced Army of One, which starred Nicolas Cage and Russell Brand and was released by The Weinstein Co. He is developing the New Line thriller The Children with James Wan and Gary Dauberman.
Since breaking into Hollywood with Maggie, Scott has worked at several studios and companies and sold a pilot to Fox TV with Bryan Singer’s Bad Hat Harry attached to produce.
King is repped by Paradigm and Gang Tyre. Scott is repped by ICM Partners and management firm Sly Predator. The deal was negotiated by Hotchkiss and Associates on behalf of The Choate Agency.
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