Stephen King’s The Long Walk laces up a director

The long-awaited adaptation of the 1979 dystopian novel is finally shuffling forward

The Long Walk, Stephen King, Richard Bachman
The Long Walk

    Laces up, kids.

    A little over a year ago, it was reported that New Line Cinema was interested in finally adapting Stephen King’s 1979 dystopian novel, The Long Walk. In fact, they even had a screenwriter in James Vanderbilt (Zodiac, The Rundown), who called it a passion project.

    Now, they’ve found a director. As Variety reports, the studio has tapped André Øvredal, who’s already broken in his soles in the thriller genre, having helmed 2016’s The Autopsy of Jane Doe and this August’s Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.

    Written under King’s now-defunct pseudonym Richard Bachman, the story follows 100 teenage boys who enroll in an annual contest to see who can walk the furthest without stopping. It’s an endurance test in which the winner leaves a trailer of tired, dead bodies.

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    Currently, it’s the third King-related project for New Line. In September, they’ll release their highly anticipated follow-up It: Chapter Two, and they recently just announced that producer James Wan and screenwriter Gary Dauberman will be adapting ‘Salem’s Lot.

    Stay tuned for updates on this project, in addition to any other King adaptations, by subscribing to our weekly King ‘cast The Losers’ Club. Below, you can revisit their extensive dissection on The Long Walk, which they recorded back in 2017.


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