It was http://movieweb.com/the-stand-gets-big-screen-adaptation-from-warner-bros/announced 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!
9. They need to write in a lot of heavy metal for the soundtrack.
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