Stephen King has only directed one movie during a cocaine-fueled addiction haze in his life and the experience soured him on ever returning to try again. The movie was terrible, but the short story it was based on is good.
There was a reboot called Trucks (same name as King’s original short story), but now King’s son, Joe Hill is saying he wants the chance to write and direct another reboot.
“I would only want to jump into directing if I had a chance to do the reboot of Maximum Overdrive,” Hill tells Mick Garris on October 28th’s season 5 premiere of Post Mortem With Mick Garris that Bloody Disgusting had a chance to listen to early. “If someone offered me the chance to write and direct a relaunch of Maximum Overdrive, I’d jump at that in a second.”Joe Hill Wants to Write and Direct a Remake of Stephen King’s ‘Maximum Overdrive’ – Bloody Disgusting
Hill’s story idea for a reboot is good: get away from the comet and make it about the fear people have of self-driving cars. There are very real fears people have with self-driving cars, so it’s timely and relevant, but I don’t think the short story “Trucks” is worth all these movies.
I would be interested in seeing Joe Hill direct something and a sober Stephen King sit in the chair again (see: Yes, Stephen King Should Direct Again – How about an episode of Creepshow?). Both men have other stories they could adapt into a movie. Let’s just be done with “Trucks” It’s had way more screen time than it deserves.