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King Short Story, “One for the Road” Optioned by Maine Filmmakers

Another Stephen King story is coming to the big screen. King’s short story, “One For The Road” has been optioned by Bonfire Films and Dark Farm Films, studios responsible for “The Tickle,” “The Hanover House,” and “Sui Generis” (short film).

The story takes place in and around Jerusalem’s Lot, the notorious town of vampires in King’s second published novel, “Salem’s Lot.” Two elderly residents of Maine set out to rescue the Gerards, who became stranded by a blizzard, but soon discover the unfortunate family is stuck in “the Lot.” Will they survive their encounter in the vampire infested town?

Though the two studios don’t have much of a cinematic pedigree, they are dedicated to paying homage to King, who has inspired them with his work.

From the Press Release:

Maine-based production companies Bonfire Films and Dark Farm Films have teamed up to bring the work of author Stephen King back to his home state. This year the two companies will adapt King’s short story “One for the Road,” filming it in the areas that King intended the dark tale to unfold: the Maine towns of Falmouth, Windham, and Cumberland, better known to the literary world as Jerusalem’s Lot (Salem’s Lot). 

Corey Norman, director of the wildly successful independent feature The Hanover House, is set to direct the long-form short film, while Jenny Anastasoff of the Damnationland hit Sui Generis and Haley Norman of The Hanover House are set to produce. Being huge King fans, the group hope to create a true love letter to the work of the author, while showcasing the state that has brought them so much inspiration. Look for the film when it hits festivals later this year.

Jenny Anastasoff, who originally worked for Bonfire films as an actor since their inception, created Dark Farm Films last year to work on her own short films. Anastasoff has been a fan of King’s for a long time, and as a Maine native she says, “I’m so looking forward to casting, and location scouting, making it all come to life. Too many King films are shot outside of the state, so we are pretty excited to film a Maine tale in Maine. Stephen King is a great benefactor to his home state, and we are grateful.”

Astanoff still has her 1980’s copy of King’s “Night Shift,” the collection where the short story was published, and will be using it as she adapts the story. “It’s a great cinematic piece – classic King, suspenseful and spooky and very Maine,” Astanoff says.

Take a look at the trailers for “The Hanover House,” and the short film “Sui Generis” for an idea of what the film may look like.

Though having a film optioned doesn’t necessarily guarantee it will make it to the screen, it is encouraging to see a dedicated team working to stay true to the intent of King’s stories, and love of his home state.