It’s been announced that Chris Romero of Sanibel Films will collaborate with Roy Lee and Jon Berg of Vertigo Entertainment and Ryan Silbert of Origin Story Entertainment to adapt Stephen King’s 1999 novel The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon. George A. Romero was originally set to adapt the film, but production stalled in October 2005 due to him being unable to generate any interest in the project, according to an interview from the St. Louis Wizard World Comic Con from 2015. With Romero having passed away in 2017, his former wife Chris (formerly Christine Forrest) is reviving the project instead. Romero is an actress and producer best known for her work in Dawn of the Dead (1978), Creepshow (1982) and Monkey Shines (1988).
Alongside It becoming the highest-grossing horror film of all time, King’s other works have been adapted countless times over. With It’s highly anticipated sequel, It Chapter Two, just two weeks away, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon now has the green light.
Here is a synopsis from Goodreads:
Nine-year-old Trisha McFarland strays from the path while she and her recently divorced mother and brother take a hike along a branch of the Appalachian Trail. Lost for days, wandering farther and farther astray, Trisha has only her portable radio for comfort. A huge fan of Tom Gordon, a Boston Red Sox relief pitcher, she listens to baseball games and fantasizes that her hero will save her. Nature isn’t her only adversary, though – something dangerous may be tracking Trisha through the dark woods.
Currently, no writer or director has been found for the film. Andrew Childs, who is also working with Vertigo Entertainment on Cobweb, will be the executive producer.