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Screen Rights to Stephen King’s Mr. Mercedes Already Locked Up!

Stephen King Mr. MercedesMr. Mercedes, the latest novel by Stephen King, doesn't hit book stores until June 3rd, however, the film rights have already been snatched up, according to Tracking Board.

The site says Temple Hill and Media Rights Capital sealed the deal and Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey have put Jack Bender on directing duties. they're currently seeking a writer to adapt the story. Bowen and Godfrey are also developing a film adaptation of King's Lisey's Story. Their previous credits include the Twilight franchise, the Revenge television series and more.

Bender has done various television shows like Under the Dome (King territory) and Lost, but let's not forget he helmed Child's Play 3 in 1991.

Here is the publisher's description of the novel:

In a mega-stakes, high-suspense race against time, three of the most unlikely and winning heroes Stephen King has ever created try to stop a lone killer from blowing up thousands.

In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes.In another part of town, months later, a retired cop named Bill Hodges is still haunted by the unsolved crime. When he gets a crazed letter from someone who self-identifies as the “perk” and threatens an even more diabolical attack, Hodges wakes up from his depressed and vacant retirement, hell-bent on preventing another tragedy.Brady Hartfield lives with his alcoholic mother in the house where he was born. He loved the feel of death under the wheels of the Mercedes, and he wants that rush again. Only Bill Hodges, with a couple of highly unlikely allies, can apprehend the killer before he strikes again. And they have no time to lose, because Brady’s next mission, if it succeeds, will kill or maim thousands.Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.

  • JoeTorre

    Child’s Play 3 is awesome. So much fun.

  • Josh L. Davis

    Jack Bender deserves another shot for a feature film. The premise of the novel fits perfect in Bender’s shoes. With him being locked in to direct, it would be awesome!

  • Optimu$ Prime

    KING is such a master of Horror literature, that its a shame so FEW* of his books have been translated into film with the same brilliance. / Now if they get a really solid Producer like their suggesting … skies the limit!