Bohemia Group has optioned the movie rights to Stephen King’s bestseller “The Regulators“.
George Cowan has been tapped to adapt the Western horror-thriller for the big screen.
“The Regulators” was first published by Dutton in 1996. It depicted the peaceful suburban life on Poplar Street in Wentworth, Ohio that was shattered one day when four vans containing shotgun-wielding “regulators” terrorize the street’s residents, cold-bloodedly killing anyone who venture outdoors.
It follows houses mysteriously transforming into log cabins and the street now ends in what looks like a child’s hand-drawn western landscape. Masterminding this sudden onslaught is an evil creature who has taken over the body of an autistic boy whose parents were killed in a drive-by shooting several months earlier.
The movie adaptation is being shepherded by Bohemia Group’s Executive Vice-President, producer Justin Ross, who helped develop the script with Cowan.
Earlier this year, it was announced that another novel by King is being adapted by Blumhouse Television is on the way.
The production company is also set to take on the novel Later, part of Titan Books’ “Hard Case Crime” series that also includes previous Stephen King novels “The Colorado Kid” and “Joyland”. Lucy Liu is set to star in the upcoming series.
Moreover, Bad Robot production company, owned by producer and director J.J. Abrams, is adapting King’s bestselling novel “Billy Summers” into a limited series.
The novel is a crime genre published in August 2021. It centers around Billy, an ex-army sniper turned hitman who only kills bad guys. Billy wants out, but first, there is one last hit. The target is Joel Allen, a small-time crook.
The assassin must live a double life in the local community while waiting for his shot but soon grows skeptical of the mobsters who hired him.
Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz will be in charge of adapting the novel with Zwick also serving as a director.