Stephen King’s short story Rest Stop was first published in the December 2003 edition of Esquire and today Deadline is reporting that Legendary Films plans to make it into a film.
The story focuses on Author John Dykstra, who writes under the pen name Rick Hardin, has had too much beer to drink at his mystery writer’s group meeting and desperately needs to find a rest stop on his return from Jacksonville to Sarasota. There is only one other car at the rest stop, and he overhears its occupants in the ladies’ bathroom. He hears a woman’s and a man’s voice coming from the bathroom, and the sounds of domestic abuse.
Dykstra is too timid and frightened to act, but he assumes the mentality of his alter-ego, Hardin, and attacks the man with a tire iron. Hardin calls the police and orders the woman to leave the scene in the car, and much to her protest, Hardin smashes the man’s glasses to ensure the man doesn’t follow him on the road in retaliation.
After some time, Hardin mentally reverts to Dykstra, who begins to vomit out the side of his vehicle when the adrenaline rush of the incident wears off. He stops at a gas station and thoroughly searches to make sure the man has not followed him. Upon returning home, Dykstra locks his doors and activates his burglar alarm system.
Alex Ross Perry will write and direct the film and no release date has been announced yet.