Step into the chilling world of Stephen King’s The Long Walk, a novel published under the Richard Bachman pen name back in 1979. Recently, it was announced that renowned director Francis Lawrence, known for his work on films such as Constantine, I Am Legend, Water for Elephants, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Parts 1 and 2, Red Sparrow, Slumberland, and The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, is set to helm the adaptation. The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that the project is moving forward at Lionsgate, with Lawrence in “final talks” to direct.
Joe Drake of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group shared an enthusiastic statement regarding the collaboration: “When you have enjoyed the strong creative collaboration and success that we have had working with Francis, you want to repeat that experience as much as possible. We couldn’t be more excited about reuniting with him on The Long Walk. He is a truly unparalleled talent.”
The Long Walk has faced a lengthy development journey, with many twists and turns. At one point, the rights were in the hands of Frank Darabont, known for his work on King adaptations such as The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, and The Mist. The rights later moved to New Line Cinema, where Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark director André Øvredal was hired to direct the film from a screenplay by James Vanderbilt, whose credits include the two most recent Scream movies. However, Øvredal revealed earlier this year that he was no longer involved with the project and that not making The Long Walk was one of the biggest regrets of his life.
Currently, JT Mollner (Outlaws and Angels) is writing the screenplay adaptation for Lionsgate and Lawrence, with Roy Lee, the producer behind the recent It movies, attached to the project.
The Long Walk is set in a dystopian America ruled by a militaristic dictator. The titular event is an annual contest where participants must walk at a steady pace of at least four miles an hour under strict rules until only one remains. The victor is awarded “The Prize”: anything they desire for the rest of their life. The story follows 16-year-old Raymond Garraty from Pownal, Maine, and a group of fellow teenagers with a mix of good, bad, and mysterious intentions as they navigate the grueling and deadly contest.
As a fan of Stephen King’s work and the horror genre, I’m eager to see The Long Walk come to life under the direction of Francis Lawrence at Lionsgate. With his proven track record and the chilling premise of the story, this adaptation has the potential to be a thrilling and captivating addition to the world of horror cinema.
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