Stephen King makes a stand against The Stand movie

“You absolutely can’t make it as a two-hour movie”

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Stephen King’s novels are popular again! In Hollywood that is, with Dark Tower, Firestarter, Pet Sematary and The Stand all due for big screen reimaginings.

What does the horror author think of it all? Well, he’s not particularly pleased about The Stand getting a new version, that much is clear.

Having already written his own definitive 1994 mini-series based on the massive tome, which was directed by Mick Garris, King is uber-cynical about a movie version.

“No one will be able to top Gary Sinise, who played Stu Redman in the original ABC miniseries. He was perfect,” the author writes in a reactionary column for Entertainment Weekly.

He goes on to add: “I didn’t know anything about the remake until I read about it on the Internet. You absolutely can’t make it as a two-hour movie. If it was a trilogy of films… maybe.”

King does offer a few casting ideas, though, suggesting that Jake Gyllenhaal could fit the Redman role, and Billy Bob Thornton the, uh, Trashcan Man.

Expect King’s next novel to be a scathing expose of the demons operating Hollywood behind the scenes…

Think King's got a point? Or happy The Stand is making it to cinemas? Void your minds below...

Comments

    • rjdjones

      Feb 4th 2011, 12:23

      I loved the start of the Stand, but really didn't like the whole god vs the devil stuff. Maybe they'll cut the visions, telepathy and shape changing Randall Flagg :) but then there have been so many end of the world films recently I wonder what the point is in dragging yet another version of the book on to the screen.

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    • mcghater

      Feb 4th 2011, 13:36

      surely its jackie earl haley for the trashcan man

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    • edwardlionheart

      Feb 4th 2011, 14:48

      rjdjones "I loved the start of the Stand, but really didn't like the whole god vs the devil stuff. Maybe they'll cut the visions, telepathy and shape changing Randall Flagg :)" Mate, that's like saying I loved Lord of the Rings but maybe they can get rid of all the bits with the wizards and hobbits!

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    • mingfilm

      Feb 4th 2011, 15:15

      I agree that the hocus pocus kind of made the mini-series silly, screwing up what was otherwise a very strong and well presented story. But I guess it's integral.

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    • GarthMarenghi

      Feb 4th 2011, 23:42

      'Reactionary'? Surely the man who created The Stand in the first place is entitled to have an opinion on this? He's certainly within his rights to be annoyed at only finding out about a film being made of his book by reading about it on the internet with the rest of us...

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    • TheEnigma

      Feb 6th 2011, 2:58

      Loved the original "Stand", and agree with King that Gary Sinise made the character of Stu.. But, I hope they do a newer fresher updated version for the cinema! A really great story that would transfer well, especially in these modern times... Make it a Trilogy and Cast Jake G & Billy B like SK said...! Russell Crowe or Jeff Bridges 4 Randall Flagg..?

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