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    Default The Long Walk movie in development

    If Stephen King‘s name is on it, you can expect that Hollywood wants their hands on it right now. As it turns out, the same is true even when King’s name is *not* technically on it, as THR reports tonight that New Line is developing an adaptation of The Long Walk, one of the books King penned under the pseudonym Richard Bachman.

    James Vanderbilt (Truth) is writing the screenplay for New Line, the studio behind IT, and will produce with Bradley Fischer and William Sherak.

    “First published in 1979, The Long Walk is set in future dystopian America ruled by an authoritarian. The country holds an annual walking contest in which 100 teens must journey, non-stop and under strict rules, until only one of them is still standing alive and receiving a prize. The story told of a 16-year old walker named Raymond Garraty and the teens, some good, some bad, some mysterious, in his orbit.”

    Tracey Nyberg will exec produce.
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    Looking forward to seeing it.

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    One of my all time favorites... Definitely looking forward to this

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    It will be interesting to see how they put this together. My guess is there will be a good amount of material added to the front portion of this story.
    Move along. Nothing to see here.

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    Hope Darabont is able to direct, I know he's been wanting to.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ben Staad View Post
    My guess is there will be a good amount of material added to the front portion of this story.
    I would really hate to see them pad it out with backstory; the limits on what the reader/viewer knows are part of the atmosphere. If we see emotional scenes with parents/siblings at home during a lead-up period, TLW will take a big step in the direction of every other teen dystopian movie, and there are a lot of them (the key is to keep this from feeling like any of those - it should be stark, spare, bare bones - the opposite of Hunger Games and all the rest).
    So we've gone from "of course we didn't do that!" to "...ok, we did, but it had a really cool name!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by St. Troy View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Ben Staad View Post
    My guess is there will be a good amount of material added to the front portion of this story.
    I would really hate to see them pad it out with backstory; the limits on what the reader/viewer knows are part of the atmosphere. If we see emotional scenes with parents/siblings at home during a lead-up period, TLW will take a big step in the direction of every other teen dystopian movie, and there are a lot of them (the key is to keep this from feeling like any of those - it should be stark, spare, bare bones - the opposite of Hunger Games and all the rest).
    This x1000. It should be a minimalist film with unknown actors. Hell, I would even prefer it in black and white!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cwalker View Post
    It should be a minimalist film with unknown actors. Hell, I would even prefer it in black and white!
    Not bad ideas.
    So we've gone from "of course we didn't do that!" to "...ok, we did, but it had a really cool name!"

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    You can hope for that but I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for it. They are likelly going to pad the story out, give Garraty more of a back-story and hope it does well enough so that they can make a sequel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Iwritecode View Post
    You can hope for that but I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for it. They are likelly going to pad the story out, give Garraty more of a back-story and hope it does well enough so that they can make a sequel.
    Movie studio exec: "Hey, I found this great property, really original and different - let's get it into theaters! Right after we make it just like everything else."
    So we've gone from "of course we didn't do that!" to "...ok, we did, but it had a really cool name!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by CyberGhostface View Post
    Hope Darabont is able to direct, I know he's been wanting to.
    I was thinking the same, but I guess that he wont be even involved in that project now that he has lost the rights to the story :-(
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    I’m excited about this, but think this will be a tough one to pull off. Then again, I thought the same for Gerald’s Game and it was well executed.
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    While it is different they managed to make Stand by Me (The Body) pretty interesting. A good amount of that story involved walking.

    Quote Originally Posted by TravelinJack View Post
    I’m excited about this, but think this will be a tough one to pull off. Then again, I thought the same for Gerald’s Game and it was well executed.
    Move along. Nothing to see here.

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    I can't wait to see this. Does anyone know anything about the screenwriter? I need to go look up what he's worked on before. My fear is that it's going to be "Hollywoodized" and that'll ruin the story. I hope they keep it stark and minimal. Also bummed that Darabont probably won't be involved.

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