Stephen King Talks ‘The Stand’ Remake

The author reveals ten things he knows about the big screen adaptation based on his 1978 novel.
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Stephen King wants Jake Gyllenhaal as Stu Redman It was on Monday that Warner Bros. and CBS Films is moving forward on a big screen adaptation of Stephen King's seminal 1978 novel The Stand, which was turned into a television miniseries back in 1994.

Stephen King has come forward to talk about the upcoming project, which follows the survivors of a man-made plague that has wiped out most of mankind. The author offered the ten things he knows for a fact about this new version of The Stand.

Here is what he had to say:

"1. No one will be able to top Gary Sinise, who played Stu Redman in the original ABC miniseries The Stand. He was perfect. When he says "You don't know nothing" to the soldiers who are putting him under mandatory quarantine, you believe his contempt completely. My runner-up pick would be Jake Gyllenhaal.

2. I didn't know anything about the remake until I read about it on the Internet.

3. You absolutely can't make it as a two-hour movie. If it was a trilogy of films...maybe.

4. Molly Ringwald won't be playing Fran Goldsmith this time. 

5. Rutger Hauer is a little too old to play the Walkin' Dude, and that's too bad.

6. People who've seen Stanley Kubrick's The Shining dislike the miniseries I wrote (and my amigo Mick Garris directed) even if they haven't seen it. That's always annoyed me. But the wheel of karma turns! This time people will probably say, "The miniseries was lots better." BUT...

7. ...historically speaking, movie studios blow the budget on things like this, so maybe it'll be fun to look at. The dough certainly isn't going to me, although if it is a trilogy, and if it makes a lot of money, I might be able to buy a chicken dinner at Popeye's. Great slaw!

8. Molly Ringwald will probably not play the Trashcan Man, either, but Billy Bob Thornton would be cool. Billy Bob's always cool.

9. They need to write in a lot of heavy metal for the soundtrack.

10. M-O-O-N, that spells "you probably won't see this anytime soon." And when you do, Woody Allen won't be directing it. Or Molly Ringwald."

The Stand is in development .

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  • Cheryl-J-Brock • 10 months ago

    Stephen King has tons of work that would make great movies - why redo something that has already been done really well? You'll never find another Gary Sinese or Molly Ringwald - they ARE Stu and Fran. Don't even get me going on attempting to replace Tim Curry as Pennywise in IT.


    • ed-wood • 5 years ago



      • rojodiablo • 5 years ago

        Would be perfect if done as a trilogy with a great cast and solid budget. Jake would be fine as one of the other characters but not Stu. Be sweet to have them all three come out in the same year also, like the first in January , the second during the summer, and the finale at X-Mas!


        • titanictom • 5 years ago

          How about just forget it and consentrate on the Dark Tower Series!!!!


          • instead8909 • 5 years ago

            I liked the Shining with Jack, but hated the mini series.

            Stephen's right this has to be a trilogy, as of Jake I find that he's not that great an actor and he's not the right for this film. Don't get me wrong, he's fine but every film I see him in seems forced


            • ledouchee • 5 years ago

              I dunno about Jake Gyllenhaal. Sinese was great for the part. I'm thinking someone with more authority and rougher like Timothy Olyphant maybe.


              • jess-51 • 5 years ago

                i to see it but no Jake Gyllenhaal i not like him


                • skywise • 5 years ago

                  Even tho the mini series was more accurate (I always missed that playground/hedge animal scene from the original film) Kubrick was a genius. Hell, theres nothing i can say about the man that hasnt already been said and said better.

                  While i have a soft spot for King he's not quite the master of film/tv he might think Maximum Overdrive (which i loved as a kid) is pure cheese. And can someone tell me what happend between him and Molly Ringwald? he seems to really dislike the woman.


                  • soylentgreen2 • 5 years ago

                    I f*cking love this man.


                    • slysnide • 5 years ago

                      Jake Gyllenhaal? And they better make this a trilogy. SK is also right about "The Shining." The miniseries was a more accurate adaptation.


                      • bane5000 • 5 years ago

                        I thought the mini-series version of The Shining was ok, it put in stuff from the book that the movie version had left out, specially the actual ending from the novel, but ill admit that last shot of Nicholson frozen was sweet...

                        King is right though, this movie has to be split into a trilogy to fit the story in the right way, that i wouldnt mind, would be awesome if they saw it that way so we dont have to many plotholes by cramming it into one film


                        • dan1 • 5 years ago

                          Jake huh? I dunno... wait and see, wait and see for me.


                          • shuabert • 5 years ago

                            I love that King is able to get excited about screen adaptations of his work (unlike Alan Moore), but at the same time he is not afraid to call bullsh*t like he sees it.


                            • ownsin • 5 years ago

                              Stephen King is just amazing...


                              • jimthar • 5 years ago

                                love his quote about putting a ton of metal in the soundtrack. yeah stephen!! horns up, baby! \m/o.o\m/


                                • mattbierwagen • 5 years ago

                                  @dave thats what i was thinking too


                                  • daveactor7 • 5 years ago

                                    Hm. Jake Gyllenhaal not a bad choice


                                    • brian • 5 years ago

                                      Stephen King rules. Sucks he's leaving his column at EW for a bit...


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