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Adaptation of Stephen King novella to film in Halifax

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Maria Bello

Shooting has wrapped on the miniseries adaptation of Lawrence Hill’s The Book of Negroes, but film crews in Nova Scotia won’t have much time off before starting a new project. The Hollywood Reporter and Variety have revealed that U.S. specialty channel Lifetime will air a TV adaptation of Stephen King’s novella Big Driver, which will begin production in Halifax this summer.

Big Driver, published in King’s 2010 collection Full Dark, No Stars, tells the story of a well-known thriller writer named Tess who is attacked and left for dead after a stranger stops to “help” when she gets a flat tire on a deserted New England back road while returning home from a book signing. Tess survives, and embarks on a twisted quest for revenge.

Taking on the role of Tess is Maria Bello, whose previous credits include the lead in the U.S. version of Prime Suspect and the 2005 David Cronenberg movie A History of Violence. Rounding out the cast are Olympia Dukakis, Will Harris, and rock legend Joan Jett.

Mikael Salomon will direct Richard Christian’s adaptation of King’s novella. The TV movie, produced by Ostar Productions and executive produced by Bill Haber, will air on Lifetime in the U.S. in the fall. No word yet on a Canadian air date.