As revealed by Deadline, HBO Max is prepping a feature film adaptation of Throttle, the novella from Joe Hill and his father Stephen King, with Leigh Dana Jackson (Raising Dion) set to write the script.
First published in the 2009 Richard Matheson tribute anthology He Is Legend, Throttle pits “a faceless trucker against a tribe of motorcycle outlaws, in the simmering Nevada desert. Their battle is fought out on twenty miles of the most lonely road in the country, a place where the only thing worse than not knowing what you’re up against, is slowing down…”
An adaptation of Throttle was previously in the works back in 2017, although it failed to materialise. This new attempt is being produced by Phantom Four, the production company owned by David S. Goyer and Keith Levine, which has the Keri Russell horror Antlers and a reboot of Hellraiser on its upcoming slate of projects.
Throttle joins an ever-increasing list of Stephen King adaptations in various stages of development, while Hill currently has two TV series based upon his books in NOS4A2 and Locke & Key, both of which have second seasons incoming.