The Girl Who Love Tom Gordon: Laura Dern will join Dakota Fanning to star in an adaptation of Stephen King's novel "The Girl Who Love Tom Gordon," to be directed by directed by George Romero.

Eager to escape the bickering of her recenlty-divorced mother and her old brother, Pete, nine-year-old Trisha McFarland wanders off the main path of the Applachian Trailer between Maine and New Hampshire, where they have embarked on a weekend outing. As she tries to take a short-cut to catch up to her family, she strays further from the trail and deeper into the woods where she has no means of navigation and little defense against the elements.

Bruised, battered, and riddled with wasp and mosquito bites. Trisha elevates her spirits and preserves her connection with civilization by tuning into the radio station that broadcasts the Boston Red Sox games. She spends her first night alone, listening as her hero - #36 the closing pitcher Tom Gordon, whose jersey and baseball cap she wears on her hiking trip - strikes out the Yankees. She imagines him as her companion, and tunes into the game sporadically, as she braves treachorous slope and fetid swamps, and the extremes of New England weather. Stalked by an unidentified creature that leaves slaughtered animals and mangled trees in its wake, Trisha bravely follows the river - and her instincts - in hopes of surviving.

Brian B.