Tobe Hooper to Direct Stephen King’s From a Buick 8

Usually when a Stephen King horror novel gets adapted to the movies, and the guy doing it isn’t named Frank Darabont, alarms should go off. The latest news from Variety is that horror master Tobe Hooper (the original “Texas Chainsaw Massacre”) will be bringing King’s horror novel, “From a Buick 8” to the big screen with the help of actor-writer Johnathon Schaech (“Road House 2″0 and Richard Chizmar. “From a Buick 8” centers on a mysterious Buick stored in a state trooper barracks. After one of the troopers dies, his son becomes obsessed with the mysterious vintage automobile. Wait, didn’t King already did a story about a haunted car? Methinks Stephen is recycling again…

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“From a Buick 8” will not be “your stock horror film by any means. There’s a really cool, layered quality to the story,” Hooper said. “The producers, writers and I shared the same sensibility about the project and responded to it in a similar way.”

Stroh and Katz will produce the film under their partnership, which was announced at the Cannes Film Festival (Daily Variety, May 16). Also producing are Schaech and Chizmar, through their Chesapeake Films banner, and frequent King collaborator Mick Garris (“Masters of Horror,” “The Stand”).

Hooper, who helmed the original “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” has most recently directed episodes of Showtime’s “Masters of Horror” and the miniseries “Ghosts” for Lionsgate.

A bit of trivia: The last person attached to direct “From a Buick 8”? George Romero.