NEW YORK — Dimension Films has optioned Stephen King’s short story “1408,” teaming for the first time with one of the modern godfathers of horror — a staple genre for the Miramax sister unit.
Matt Greenberg is attached to pen the feature adaptation, and Lorenzo di Bonaventura is to produce.
Story concerns a successful writer, known for haunted house and graveyard tales, who gets a taste of his own fictional medicine during a frightening stay in room 1408 at the Dolphin Hotel.
“We are thrilled to finally be able to work with Stephen King, who I consider the master of the horror genre,” said Dimension co-chairman Bob Weinstein. After first appearing in the audiobook “Blood and Smoke,” the story bowed in print in the 2002 King collection “Everything’s Eventual.”
Greenberg previously scripted “Halloween H20: 20 Years Later” for Dimension, which resurrected John Carpenter’s Michael Myers franchise and grossed $55 million in the U.S.
The screenwriter and King are repped by CAA.
Dimension co-prexys Brad Weston and Andrew Rona as well as Lorenzo di Bonaventura Pictures VP Jeremy Steckler will oversee the project. Andrew Gumpert and Michael Marshall, exec VP and VP of business and legal affairs, respectively, negotiated for Dimension.