The Stephen King universe is about to have a new member as his novel The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon is picked up by Chris Romero.

Romero, the former wife of horror great George Romero, will work alongside Roy Lee, the producer of recent horror smash It. Vertigo Films’ very own Jon Berg and Ryan Silbert, of Origin Story, will also join the project.

George Romero, the creator of iconic films such as Creepshow and Night of the Living Dead, died in 2017 following a “brief but aggressive battle with lung cancer.” In the years prior to his passing, George Romero had been attached to adapt King’s 1999 novel The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon but production was halted. Now, his wife Chris has announced her intentions to helm the project.

In the announcement, Stephen Kind said: “I’m thrilled that my book is being brought to the screen, and that George’s company is involved. Chris has worked long and hard to make this project happen,” in an official statement.

The psychological horror novel tells the story of a 9 year old girl who finds herself lost in the woods after walking away from her arguing mother and brother in order to use the toilet. However, becoming cut adrift from her family, the girl becomes lost and wanders around the woods for nine days while attempting to find a way out.

The novel synopsis reads: “Trying to catch up by attempting a shortcut, she slips and falls down a steep embankment and ends up hopelessly lost, heading deeper into the heart of the forest.

“She is left with a bottle of water, two Twinkies, a boiled egg, a tuna sandwich, a bottle of Surge, a poncho, a Game Boy, and a Walkman.”

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