In a report from Variety, Maria Bello will breathe life to Stephen King’s horror novel as Lifetime adapts “Big Driver” into a telepic. The movie adaptation, which is the very first collaboration between the novelist and Lifetime, will also star Grammy nominee Joan Jett, Olympia Dukakis and Will Harris (“Sky High”).
“Big Driver” will be directed by Oscar nominee Danish filmmaker Mikael Salomon. With the teleplay written by Richard Christian Mateson (“Masters of Horror,” “Happy Face Killer”), the movie is set to begin its production this summer in Halifax, Nova Scotia, headed by executive producers Jeffrey Hayes (“A Day Late and a Dollar Short”) and Bill Haber (“The Trip to Bountiful”). “Big Driver” targets to hit the big screen this fall.
Actress Maria Bello has appeared in hit movies “Permanent Midnight” (1998), “Payback” (1999), “Cayote Ugly” (2000), “The Cooler” (2003), “A History of Violence” (2005), “Thank You for Smoking” (2006) and “The Jane Austen Book Club” (2007). She is well-known as Dr. Anna Del Amico on NBC’s medical drama “ER” (1997–1998). She has also starred as Lucy on the Fox series “Touch” (2013) together with Kiefer Sutherland.
In “Big Driver,” Bello will play the lead role as Tess Thorne, who is a celebrated and respected mystery thriller writer in the movie originally published as a revenge tale in King’s acclaimed 2010 anthology “Full Dark, No Stars.” Thorne’s long drive home from a book-signing event prompts her tire to blow out, leaving her stranded along a lonely street in New England.
A driver (Harris) comes in Thorne’s aid and offers assistance at her most unfortunate time. The savior turns out to be her assailant in disguise who repeatedly violates her. Helpless, Thorne is left to die and perish in a drainage pipe along with other victims. Luckily, she makes her way out of danger and manages to go back home. As vengeance keeps her sanity contained, she obsessively plans her own revenge.
King, a bestselling author with more than 50 novels, has had a number of his fictional masterpieces adapted for the big and small screens. CBS 2013 series such as “The Shawshank Redemption,” “The Green Mile,” “The Shining,” “Stand by Me,” “Firestarter” and “Under the Dome” are all King’s brainchild.
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