Los Angeles, CA — April 30, 2020 — Village Roadshow Pictures has optioned Stephen King’s psychological horror novel, THE GIRL WHO LOVED TOM GORDON, with Christy Hall set to write. Jon Berg of Stampede Ventures, Roy Lee of Vertigo; Christine Romero, the former wife of late horror filmmaker George Romero; and Ryan Silbert of Origin Story will produce. Andrew Childs will executive produce and Village Roadshow Pictures’ EVP of Content, Jillian Apfelbaum, will oversee development.
The story follows 12-year-old Trisha McFarland strays from the path while she and her recently divorced mother and brother take a hike along a branch of the Appalachian Trail. Lost for days, wandering farther and farther astray, Trisha has only her portable radio for comfort. A huge fan of Tom Gordon, a Boston Red Sox relief pitcher, she listens to baseball games and fantasizes that her hero will save her. Nature isn’t her only adversary, though – something dangerous may be tracking Trisha through the dark woods. The novel was originally published in 1999.
Hall recently co-created, wrote, and executive produced “I Am Not Okay With This” for Netflix. She is repped by LBI Entertainment and Morris Yorn.
About Village Roadshow Entertainment Group
Village Roadshow Entertainment Group is a leading global entertainment company building premier, content-rich businesses in the entertainment industry. VREG employs innovative strategies to produce, acquire and deliver intellectual properties with timeless appeal, while maximizing group-wide strategic and operational efficiencies. VREG is the holding company of Village Roadshow Pictures and Village Roadshow Television. Under its leadership by Vine Alternative Investments, Village Roadshow Entertainment Group diversified its portfolio to include financing and producing projects across multiple formats including film, television and digital.
About Stampede Ventures:
Stampede Ventures is an independent entertainment media company founded by Greg Silverman, the former President of Warner Bros. Pictures. The company’s lead investor and Co-Chairman is Gideon Yu, former CFO of Facebook and YouTube, and Co-Owner of the San Francisco 49ers. Additional investors include leaders from Silicon Valley, Asia, and the U.S. media space. Stampede Ventures is on the forefront of content creation across the divisions of film, television, international and alternative programming. Their feature debut PINK SKIES AHEAD is written and directed by Kelly Oxford and stars Jessica Barden, Marcia Gay Harden, Michael McKean, Henry Winkler, Rosa Salazar, Odeya Rush, Lewis Pullman, Mary J. Blige, and Evan Ross.