The Stephen King-aissance continues.

The next of the author’s works in line for film adaptation is the dystopian thriller The Long Walk and if Variety is to be believed, it would appear the project has landed a scary-talented director by the name of André Øvredal.

Øvredal’s credits include the excellent 2016 horror flick The Autopsy of Jane Doe. The filmmaker also has prior experience working from source material as he is the director of the upcoming adaptation of Scary Stories to Tell In the Dark, which is co-written and produced by Guillermo del Toro and hits theaters August 9.

The Long Walk was originally published in 1979 under King’s pseudonym Richard Bachman. Variety explains the story:

“The novel is set in the near future and centers on 100 teenage boys embarking on an annual competition known as “The Long Walk,” during which participants must maintain a walking speed above four miles per hour. If they receive three warnings in an hour, they are shot dead. The last one walking gets whatever he wants for the rest of his life. The boys develop deep friendships despite knowing that each of their friends’ survival is a threat to their own.”

The Long Walk is one of three Stephen King adaptations currently in development over at New Line, the other two being the James Wan-produced Salem’s Lot and IT: Chapter 2, the highly-anticipated sequel to the hugely successful 2017 film. The latter releases September 6.

What do you make of The Long Walk getting a feature film adaptation? Do you look forward to it or is there another one of King’s novels you’d like to see get the treatment first? Jump down to the comments section below and let me know what you think!


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