Lynne Ramsey is set to direct the feature adaptation of The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, based on the book by Stephen King.

Acclaimed British director Lynne Ramsay’s next project has been announced, and according to The Hollywood Reporter she’ll be tackling a Stephen King project, news that will most likely delight fans of both the director and the author.

Ramsay is not the most prolific of directors (not that she hasn’t tried to get more films off the ground), but few would argue that her films aren’t worth waiting for.

2017’s You Were Never Really Here starring Joaquin Phoenix was the director’s last film, whilst she’s only released four feature-length films in the last 21 years. Now, a Stephen King adaptation is next on her slate for Village Roadshow. It’s a take on the book The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, from a script co-written with Christy Hall, who wrote I’m Not Okay With This for Netflix.

Shooting is expected to begin next year.

King adaptations are enjoying something of a renaissance over the last few years, and this announcement certainly has the potential to continue that trend.

The story itself centres around ‘a young girl named Trisha McFarland who gets lost while hiking with her mother and brother in the woods. Nine years old and scared of the dark, the girl winds up stumbling through the woods for days, wandering farther and farther from civilisation even as she tries to make her way back home. As she walks, dehydration, hunger and exhaustion cause her to hallucinate, causing her to talk to her idol, a baseball player named Tom Gordon. But she also begins to believe that she’s being stalked by a supernatural beast, and soon her ordeal becomes a test of both her sanity and her ability to fight for her life.’

We’ll bring you more news on this one, including casting, as we hear it.

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