Stephen King has had so many of his works adapted to the big and small screen. It is kind of surprising to find a prominent book in his bibliography that hasn’t been turned into some piece of cinema. However, there are still some of the prolific author’s works that have yet to make their way to Hollywood. And one of those is finally going to be turned into a feature film, and the person that will be spearheading the film makes this one to keep your eyes on.
The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon is the next Stephen King novel that will be getting the movie treatment. The film will be directed and co-written by Lynne Ramsay, the Scottish filmmaker who has crafted such unnerving thrillers as We Need to Talk About Kevin and the Joaquin Phoenix masterpiece You Were Never Really Here. The film is set to head into production next year.
Stephen King’s The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon centers around Trisha McFarland, a 12-year-old girl who gets lost in the woods after going on a hike with her mother and brother. As she finds herself becoming even more lost as the days press onward, she takes comfort in her portable radio that plays baseball games. She is particularly enamored with Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Tom Gordon, and she begins to imagine that the baseball player will come and rescue her. However, there is something else in the woods that seems to be stalking Trisha.
Along with Lynne Ramsey, the script for the Stephen King adaptation will be co-written by Christy Hall, the creator of the Netflix series I Am Not Okay with This. It seems like a perfect pairing. Ramsey and Hall are both incredibly adept at getting into the heads of their main characters. Plus, they are well-versed at stories that go to very dark internal places, and that is certainly the case with a story like The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon.
There has been an incredible influx of Stephen King adaptations over the last few years. The horror master’s works have always been getting movie and television versions, but after the gargantuan success of It in 2017, the number of new Stephen King adaptations really took off. Since then, we have seen the story of Pennywise concluded in It: Chapter Two, a new version of Pet Sematary, a Netflix version of In the Tall Grass (based on a novella King wrote with his son, Joe Hill), and Mike Flanagan’s version of Doctor Sleep, a sequel to the horror masterpiece The Shining.
That’s not to mention the numerous Stephen King movies that are currently in development. There are at least 13 different movies in some stage of active development. One of those will have Zac Efron in a new version of Firestarter. There are also long-gestating projects like The Long Walk and The Talisman that look like they might be finally making their way to the big screen. It’s cool that The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon is now among those movies because it is definitely one that deserves to be brought to an even wider audience.
There are also a number of Stephen King television shows that are also in the works. Many of them are books that have never seen an adaptation. As of now, there are television adaptations of Lisey’s Story, The Institute, and Revelations all in some form of production. There is also a brand new take on The Stand hitting CBS All-Access on December 17. Unfortunately, the Stephen King show Castle Rock found itself getting canceled after just two seasons. Hopefully, these other projects will be able to flourish.
Lynne Ramsey is on a roll with her films and The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon sounds like it will fit right in her wheelhouse. It’s awesome to see Stephen King stories be given the kind of high-profile treatment they deserve. We will be keeping our eyes and ears open for any more news about this production. If we were willing to bet some money, we would be going all-in with this newest adaptation being one of the most interesting Stephen King movies ever made. We’ll have to wait and see if that ends up being the case.