Stephen King’s The Long Walk Movie in Development


Following up on the recent news that Universal has acquired the rights to the upcoming Tommyknockers movie, this week yet another Stephen King adaptation is heading to the big screen. The Long Walk was first published in 1979, King’s second book writing as Richard Bachman, and as such it does not really fall under the horror genre (at least not exclusively). The story takes place in a near future dystopian version of America where the government holds a brutal annual contest: 100 teenagers walk down the East coast of America until all except one have collapsed or been killed. There have been previous attempts to adapt the book but now New Line Cinema will give it a shot. Hit the jump for more details.

According to THR, New Line is teaming with Mythology Entertainment to adapt Stephen King’s The Long Walk. A script has already been written by James Vanderbilt (Zodiac, White House Down) who will produce along with Bradley Fischer (Zodiac, Shutter Island) and William Sherak (Slender Man). No director is currently attached.

Vanderbilt and Fischer have been pursuing this project for over a decade, but the rights were previously held by Frank Darabont who has adapted many other King novels over the years including The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile and The Mist. After the rights lapsed, they were able to make their move and bring them over to New Line. Given the similarities between The Long Walk and several more recent YA books like The Hunger Games, it will be interesting to see what kind of approach they take. Are you looking forward to a Long Walk movie?

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  • Colin

    Take on the gritty, desaturated Battle Royale look and I’d be down to watch teens talk to their death for 90 minutes

  • Stinker

    >This would be a movie for Paul Verhoven.

  • 1138sw

    I think you’re the second person to mention Verhoven in a hypothetical connection with a movie and man would I love to see him direct this! I totally agree! This is totally his wheelhouse!

  • Dirk Gently

    This was always one of my favourite SK stories. I hope they don’t butcher it, but the track record isn’t so good.

  • Dan Gordon

    I’d thought of this as b-King until I read it a year ago. One of his best!