It was recently revealed that Stephen King's novel, 'The Long Walk' has been finally adapted into a movie
André Øvredal has been finalized as the director of Stephen King's adaptation that is titled as 'The Long Walk'. The movie comes from the production house of New Line Cinema and the story of the movie is centered around an annual walk competition where teenage boys have to maintain a speed of at least four miles per hour, otherwise, they will be shot to death. The novel, written by Stephen King was released in 1979 under the pseudonym 'Richard Bachman.'
Prior to this movie, Øvredal has directed 'The Autopsy of Jane Doe' and the Guillermo del Toro-produced 'Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark'. 'The Long Walk' is written by James Vanderbilt and the producers of the movie are Vanderbilt, Bradley Fischer, and William Sherak. Taking it to Facebook, Øvredal wrote, "Two years ago, two people tweeted about The Autopsy of Jane Doe. The awe-inspiring Guillermo Del Toro, whom I have insanely enough gotten to spend the last year working with. And a week before him, Stephen King. I have been an obsessive fan of King since my teen years and now I am going to be directing a film based on the first book he ever wrote – The Long Walk. Humbled, in awe and in absolute fear of failure… But I have amazing collaborators in producers Brad Fischer, (writer-producer) James Vanderbilt and William Sherak, as well as the fantastic people at New Line Cinema, so it cannot end up as a total wreck even in my hands…”
Great news. @Filmtroll did a wonderful job on THE AUTOPSY OF JANE DOE, and I’m sure SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK will be great too. Exciting to see this director score another cool gig like this. https://t.co/cSTfCHwMNH— Zachary E. Tenney (@zetwriter) May 22, 2019
Since the novel was published, it has earned a lot of critical appreciation from its audience, especially for its dystopian take towards society. The same notes of a dystopian society can also be found in 'The Hunger Games' and 'The Maze Runner'. This novel is also known for its coming-of-age themes, focusing mainly on the humanity of boys who survive in the hardship and despair that looks similar to the protagonists of 'Stand By Me' and 'It'.
I've been wanting to write an essay on this forever, but in case you didn't know, in addition to *everything else* he's done, Stephen King (as Richard Bachman) also invented the dystopian YA contest novel with THE LONG WALK. Now it's becoming a movie--https://t.co/jmaLSWb2K4— Michael Moreci (@MichaelMoreci) May 22, 2019
'The Long Walk' is the third novel in line that is being produced by New Line Cinemas, after 'Salem’s Lot' and 'It: Chapter Two'. 'It' was released in 2017, and it went on to become among the highest grossing movies of 2017 with $700.3 million globally. 'It: Chapter 2' will be releasing on September 6. Over the years, many directors and producers had the idea of bringing 'The Long Walk' in big screen but until now none of them were successful in getting the project off the ground. As reported by Deadline, the honor now belongs to André Øvredal.