“Hannibal” and “Star Trek: Discovery” creator Bryan Fuller is attached to make his feature directing debut with an adaptation of the Stephen King novel “Christine,” which Fuller is developing with Sony Pictures. Jason Blum will produce for Blumhouse, along with Vincenzo Natali and Steven Hoban.
The project is still in the early stages as Fuller writes the screenplay. King’s novel is set in the late 1970s, about a 17-year-old named Arnie who fixes up a 1958 Plymouth Fury that, naturally, is haunted by its previous, not-such-a-nice-guy owner, who named the car Christine. Soon, Arnie begins taking on the old owner’s personality and appearance, and the car seems to have it out for his best friend, new girlfriend and anyone else getting between Arnie and Christine.
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This is Fuller’s first foray into features after three decades in television, including creating cult 2000s series “Wonderfalls” and “Pushing Daisies.” Fuller left his two most recent shows — “Discovery” and “American Gods” — after disagreements with their respective networks, CBS All Access and Starz. Fuller previously adapted a different King novel, “Carrie,” as a 2002 TV movie for NBC, which David Carson directed.
In 1983, Columbia Pictures released a feature adaptation of “Christine” directed by John Carpenter, written by Bill Phillips, and starring Keith Gordon. Lately, King has been on a lengthy hot streak, with a regular procession of adaptations, including most recently “Lisey’s Story” for Apple TV Plus, which King adapted and executive produced himself.
Peter Kang is overseeing the project for Sony. Fuller is repped by WME, Brillstein Entertainment Partners, and Ziffren Brittenham.
Deadline first reported this story.
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