Adaptations of Stephen King’s novels have always been hit or miss. There have been highs (like The Shining or It) and there have been some very dark lows (generally any show after the first season*). So news of another adaptation–this time, 1999’s The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, brings feelings of both anticipation and dread. I’m choosing to be positive, though. Why? This project already has an impressive pedigree.
The George Romero Connection
That’s because this isn’t the first time someone tried to make this book into a movie. Legendary director George Romero, the man who taught us (almost) everything we know about zombies, worked at it in the early aughts. He’d already worked with King on movies like Creepshow and The Dark Half, so it was just a continuation. However, Romero died (in 2017) before getting the project off the ground.
In the meantime, his wife Chris apparently has kept at it. So she will be producing The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, along with a team that includes Origin Story and Vertigo Films. Ryan Silbert, of Origin Story, is best known for producing films like A Birder’s Guide to Everything and for the book A Trick of Light: Stan Lee’s Alliances. Meanwhile, Vertigo already has some King experience, as they’re producing the It movies, as well as Doctor Sleep.
What to Expect From ‘The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon’
King’s book focuses on 9-year-old Trisha McFarland, who gets lost while hiking the Appalachian Trail with her mom and brother. She ends up being lost for days with only a radio for company. She passes the time listening to games, dreaming that Red Sox pitcher Tom Gordon, her favorite player, will rescue her. Being lost in the woods is dangerous enough for a little girl, but this is a Stephen King book. So you can bet there’s something wicked out there, too.
The movie is still in early stages–they haven’t even hired a scriptwriter yet–but it’s something to be excited about. As King himself said this week, “I’m thrilled that my book is being brought to the screen, and that George’s company is involved. Chris has worked long and hard to make this project happen.”
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Salomé Gonstad is a freelance writer who grew up in the swampy wilds of south Alabama. She now splits her time between the Appalachian wilds (of Alabama) and the considerably more refined streets of New York City. When she's not yelling about pop culture on the internet, she's working on a supernatural thriller about her hometown. Also, we're pretty sure she's a werewolf.