British sales, production and finance banner Park Entertainment is bringing King's The Reach to market for the first time at the Marche du Film in Cannes. It will be produced by Grayson Ross and Jodi Hansell for DownEast Village Productions. King has gone on record as saying that short is what he would "most like to be remembered for after his death."
Budgeted in the $12 million-$14 million range, the story's title refers to the 1.5-mile stretch of water between Goat Island and the Maine coastline. Originally published in Yankee in 1981 under the title "Do the Dead Sing?", The short story was later collected in King's 1985 collection Skeleton Crew. The book details the story of a 95-year-old woman who embarks on a troubled journey from the island to the mainland after the Reach freezes over for the first time in 50 years.
According to THR, the project is out to directors and talent agents and is tipped to pick up heat at the market in Cannes. Stay tuned for more.