IT: Chapter Two’s Andy Muschietti Adapating Stephen King’s ‘Roadwork’

August 11, 2019

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Stephen King adaptations just keep coming, not that we’re complaining. The latest edition to the list is an adaptation of King’s Roadwork which is now in the works from Andy and Barbara Muschietti (IT, IT: Chapter Two), who will be producing. Pablo Trapero (The Clan) is directing. Production is set to begin next year.



In the book, “It’s all coming to an end for Barton Dawes. The city’s Highway 784 extension is in the process of being constructed right across town and inexorably through every aspect of Bart’s existence—whether it’s about to barrel over the laundry plant where he makes a living, or soon to smash through the very home where he makes a life. But as a result, something’s been happening inside Bart’s head that a heartless local bureaucracy isn’t prepared for—a complete and irrevocable burnout of the mental circuit breaker that keeps a mild-mannered person from turning to violent means. As the wheels of progress and a demolition crew continue unabated throughout Bart’s neighborhood, he’s not about to give everything up without a fight. As a matter of fact, he’s ready and waiting to ignite an explosive confrontation with the legislative forces gathered against him.”



Published under King’s pseudonym Richard Bachman in 1981, Roadwork was later published in The Bachman Books in 1985.

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