We’ve got a new Pet Sematary and IT: Chapter Two coming our way in 2019, along with a potential reimagining of The Stand as a 10-part miniseries and a Tommyknockers feature film in the works with James Wan producing. The Stephen King Renaissance that began in 2017 may have quieted in recent months, but all signs point to the Undisputed Master of Horror extending his resurgence in popularity for years to come.
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The next King novel being considered a feature film adaptation comes from his days writing under the alias Richard Bachman: The Long Walk, released in 1979, tells the story of a dystopian America that celebrates an annual competition steeped in gladiatorial bloodlust. According to The Hollywood Reporter, New Line (the company producing IT and Pet Sematary) is king to add it to their roster.
Setting up the project is a culmination of over a decade’s work for James Vanderbilt and Bradley Fischer. The two are fans of the book and were keen to bring it to the screen, but it was in development for years with writer-director Frank Darabont, who previously made the King-based projects The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile and The Mist. Vanderbilt even wrote his initial drafts on spec several years ago, without having the screen rights. Those rights finally left Darabont, allowing the duo to pounce and bring them to New Line.
Official Synopsis: Against the wishes of his mother, sixteen-year-old Ray Garraty is about to compete in the annual grueling match of stamina and wits known as The Long Walk. One hundred boys must keep a steady pace of four miles per hour without ever stopping…with the winner being awarded “The Prize”—anything he wants for the rest of his life. But, as part of this national tournament that sweeps through a dystopian America year after year, there are some harsh rules that Garraty and ninety-nine others must adhere to in order to beat out the rest. There is no finish line—the winner is the last man standing. Contestants cannot receive any outside aid whatsoever. Slow down under the speed limit and you’re given a warning. Three warnings and you’re out of the game—permanently….