Maria Bello will star in the original TV movie Big Driver,based on the novella from King’s 2010 collection Full Dark, No Stars, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Olympia Dukakis, Joan Jett and Will Harris also star in the revenge tale adaptation, expected to premiere this fall.Big Driver marks the first collaboration between King and the A+E Networks-owned female-skewing cable network.
In Big Driver, Tess Thorne (Bello), a famous and revered mystery and thriller writer, faces a long drive home following a book signing engagement. Prompted to take a shortcut at the suggestion of the event’s planner, Ramona, Tess sets out to return to her house. But while driving on a lonely stretch of New England road, her tire blows out, leaving her stranded.
Relieved when another driver (Harris) stops and offers assistance, Tess quickly discovers that her savior is actually her assailant, a serial killer who repeatedly assaults her. Left for dead in a drainage pipe to rot with the bodies of his other victims, Tess escapes and makes her way safely home. With her fragile mind beginning to unravel, she is determined to find her rapist and seek revenge, as payback is the only thing holding her together.
Production begins in Halifax, Nova Scotia, this summer.
The film is produced by Ostar Productions and executive produced by Bill Haber (The Trip to Bountiful) and Jeffrey Hayes (A Day Late and a Dollar Short). The screenplay was adapted by Richard Christian Matheson (Masters of Horror, Happy Face Killer) to be directed by Mikael Salomon (Drew Peterson: Untouchable).
Best-selling author King has had many of his fictional works — more than 50 novels and hundreds of shorts — adapted for film and television, including The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, The Shining, Stand by Me, Firestarter, and Under the Dome,which was ordered straight to series in 2013 at CBS. He has also penned The Stand andDark Tower comic book series.
An adaptation of the apocalyptic thriller Cell starring Samuel L. Jackson is in postproduction, and Blumhouse produced a film called Mercy, an adaptation of King’s short story Gramma, while Bad Little Kid was optioned for a feature by LaurentBouzereau and the long-in-the-works re-adaptation of It moved to New Line earlier this year.
In 2012, THR ranked King No. 1 on its inaugural Power Authors list.
Next year’s “Miracles and Madness” is based on the actress’s New York Times column “Coming Out as a Modern Family”
Maria Bello’s coming out column is now coming out as a book.
Dey Street Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, has acquired the North American rights to the actress’s book based on her New York Times Modern Love column, “Coming Out as a Modern Family,” last November.
The deal was negotiated by Carrie Thornton, executive editor, and CAA. The book is scheduled for publication in winter 2015.
In the memoir, currently titled, “Miracles and Madness,” Bello expands on the column and fully shares her journey to finding love and purpose in the modern age, a press release stated.
Bello said she was thrilled that the publishing house “is interested in opening up the conversation to a bigger audience — the conversation being that the only labels we have are the ones we give ourselves.”
Thornton said Bello’s column “resonated with many readers all over the country because they saw some of their own experience and selves in what Maria described so beautifully,” adding, “I am hopeful the book with carry Maria’s message that much farther.”
Stewart Hendler is directing the movie, which will be released in 2015 by Open Road Films
Two-time Golden Globe nominee Maria Bello has joined the cast “Max Steel,” based on the popular superhero property from Mattel, which is producing with Dolphin Films. Open Road will release the film in theaters in 2015.
Stewart Hendler (“Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn”) is directing from a script by Christopher Yost (“Thor: The Dark World”). Julia Pistor is producing for Mattel’s Playground Productions.
“Max Steel” is an origin story that will chronicle the adventures of 16-year old Max McGrath and alien companion Steel, who must harness and combine their tremendous new powers to evolve into the turbo-charged superhero Max Steel. As these two unlikely friends struggle to accept their oddly connected fates, they begin to uncover unimaginable secrets, working together to find the truth, and fighting the mysterious forces threatening their world.
Ben Winchell (Disney’s “A.N.T. Farm” ) stars as Max, while Bello will play his resilient single mother, Molly McGrath.
The film co-stars Ana Villafañe as Sofia Martinez and Andy Garcia as brilliant and mysterious scientist Dr. Miles Edwards.
“Max Steel” is currently shooting in Wilmington, North Carolina. The film will be handled internationally by Dolphin Films International in partnership with IM Global.
“Maria Bello is a critically acclaimed actress who immediately grounds her role and elevates our film,” said Dolphin Films CEO Bill O’Dowd. “She brings the perfect blend of compassion, strength and intrigue to the Molly McGrath character, who is absolutely essential in the ‘Max Steel’ mythology. Together with Andy Garcia and the talented young performers Ben Winchell and Ana Villafañe, we couldn’t be more excited that Maria will help bring this amazing new superhero property to life on the big screen.”
“Welcoming Maria Bello to our cast brings a new dimension of talent that will complement the depth and feel of the Max Steel story,” added Pistor, producer. “Production is well underway and we are tremendously excited to bring the cast together to create an emotionally charged, action packed performance that will excite audiences around the world.”
Bello, who recently starred opposite Hugh Jackman in “Prisoners,” will soon be seen alongside Kevin Costner in Disney’s sports movie “McFarland.” She received Golden Globe nominations for her work in “The Cooler” and “A History of Violence.”