Stephen King’s RICHARD BACHMAN Novel THE REGULATORS Is Getting A Film Adaptation

Back in the 90’s when word dropped that Stephen King had been writing under the pen name Richard Bachman – the furor to find the works written under that name was, to say the least – intense. They were of course eventually released as a stand-alone release known as The Bachman Books but King had one more trick up his sleeve – in 1996 he released two novels simultaneously – DESPERATION, penned by Stephen King, and THE REGULATORS written by Richard Bachman. They told similar yet totally different tales about a creature – which haunts both tales.

DESPERATION got an adaptation for TV – directed by Mick Garris. It was released in 2006 and now we get word that THE REGULATORS will finally be making its way to film via Bohemia Group and George Cowan has already written the screenplay and been given the go-ahead by King.

Really pretty much all we know at this point.

For those of you not familiar with the story – here’s what the book was about:

“The peaceful suburban life on Poplar Street in Wentworth, Ohio that is shattered one fine day when four vans containing shotgun-wielding “regulators” terrorize the street’s residents, cold-bloodedly killing anyone foolish enough to venture outdoors. Houses mysteriously transform into log cabins and the street now ends in what looks like a child’s hand-drawn western landscape. Masterminding this sudden onslaught is an evil creature who has taken over the body of an autistic boy whose parents were killed in a drive-by shooting several months earlier.”

Been years since I read THE REGULATORS but I remember it as a violent, bloody read so – hoping the film adaptation brings the goods.

As the project progresses – I’ll keep you updated.

Dave Dreher
Co-Founder / Lead News Reporter at Gruesome Magazine
Dave is co-founder and lead news reporter for Gruesome. Dave has built his resume working for Diabolique Magazine, The Horror Channel,, House of Horrors and Creature Corner. He has worked with Tom Savini on his official site since 1997 and is also co-host of the popular podcast Horror News Radio.