Stephen King’s ‘The Long Walk’ Adaptation Lands Genre Director

by Thomas Tuna

Don’t look back–just keep walking.

Imagine needing to walk and walk and walk some more–always at a pre-determined pace–knowing that a pause or stumble could cost you your life. While crowds of people stood along the route, hoping you would fail. No pressure, right?

Well, Stephen King already imagined that horrifying scenario, and he wrote about it in The Long Walk–published back in 1979 under his Richard Bachman pen name. But a film adaptation of the novel has run into several snags through the years, with one director after another leaving the project.

But it looks like the seemingly cursed film got some good news this week.

Francis Lawrence (The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes) told Business Insider that he’s on board to helm The Long Walk adaptation. “I’m now attached to The Long Walk, the Stephen King book,” he said. “Very excited about that.”

Lawrence is the latest in an impressive list of filmmakers who had been lined up to direct the film, including horror legend George A. Romero, Frank Darabont (The Green Mile) and Andre Ovredal (The Last Voyage of the Demeter). Hopefully, he’ll have better luck with the project.

King’s The Long Walk is set in a dystopian America that is ruled by a militaristic dictator who has organized a grueling and frightening annual walking contest. In order to win the coveted prize, the contestants must maintain a four-mile-per-hour walking stride–or be shot down where they stand.

Keep reading Horror News Network for the latest on this adaptation of The Long Walk.


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