André Øvredal (The Autopsy of Jane Doe, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark) has been tapped to direct the screen adaptation of Stephen King’s 1979 novel ‘The Long Walk’. According to Deadline, Øvredal will direct the film for New Line, which already has It: Chapter Two and Salem’s Lot in the works. The screenplay for The Long Walk has been written by James Vanderbilt (Zodiac, White House Down) who will also produce along with oft-partners Bradley Fischer and William Sherak.
The novel ‘The Long Walk’ was first published under the pen-name Richard Bachman in 1979 which King also used for the novels ‘Rage’, ‘Roadwork’, ‘The Running Man’ and ‘Thinner’. The synopsis of the story (from Amazon) is as follows:
Against the wishes of his mother, sixteen-year-old Ray Garraty is about to compete in the annual grueling match of stamina and wits known as The Long Walk. One hundred boys must keep a steady pace of four miles per hour without ever stopping…with the winner being awarded “The Prize”—anything he wants for the rest of his life. But, as part of this national tournament that sweeps through a dystopian America year after year, there are some harsh rules that Garraty and ninety-nine others must adhere to in order to beat out the rest. There is no finish line—the winner is the last man standing. Contestants cannot receive any outside aid whatsoever. Slow down under the speed limit and you’re given a warning. Three warnings and you’re out of the game—permanently….
No word yet on any casting or a target date for the film but we will keep you updated as news becomes available.
Stay gory my friends.