Maximum Overdrive is no doubt legendary author, Stephen King’s most personal cinematic output. But one must note that King has been critical of the film, which has murder-minded machines come alive.
Derided by critics, the movie developed a fan following over time and features an amazing soundtrack. So, for the 30th anniversary of the film’s release, here are 10 facts about the film:
1. STEPHEN KING WANTED TO HAVE BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
There was just one problem in casting Bruce Springsteen: Dino De Laurentiis, the film’s executive producer, was left unsure on who The Boss was.
According to Croci, King told De Laurentiis, “‘I can do 10 movies for you, Dino, but I want Bruce Springsteen.’ But Dino said, ‘Bruce who? Bruce who?’ Dino didn’t know. He didn’t know he was The Boss; the man who would change rock music. So Stephen King explained … ‘I want to direct Bruce. This is my movie and the truck driver is Bruce Springsteen.’ But Dino didn’t care. He just [said], ‘I’ll get Emilio [Estevez], Martin [Sheen’s] son.’ When that moment became official—that there was no Bruce Springsteen—Stephen King couldn’t give a sh*t about the movie. That’s my opinion.”
2. KING PERSUADED AC/DC TO CREATE THE SOUNDTRACK.
King has had always expressed his appreciation for AC/DC and wanted them to be involved in Maximum Overdrive. The band gladly agreed to create music for the film and released the same as 1987’s “Who Made Who.”