Stephen King movies typically fall into two categories: “classic films that everyone should see” and “ridiculously horrible movies that make you wish it was possible to remove the last two hours of your life.” Which is why, when a new King film project is announced, it’s hard to have any reaction other than “meh.”
But it’s hard not to hope for at least a mediocre film when the film will be adapted by the team behind Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows, which garnered both critical acclaim and over $1.1 billion at the box office Yep, director David Yates and screenwriter Steve Kloves will be adapting King’s apocalyptic novel The Stand into a multi-film series for Warner Brothers. Not cramming The Stand into one movie is probably a smart move, considering the original novel is a mind-numbing 1,152 pages long.
But while an epic multi-part The Stand movie series sounds great, it may be too good to be true, considering the recent collapse of King’s Dark Tower movie series that Ron Howard and Brian Grazer were set to do with Universal. Luckily it looks like Warner Brothers might be willing to actually pony up the money to do it right as they no longer have the Harry Potter franchise to bring in the bucks.
Now, we’re betting a film series where over 99% of the Earth’s population dies in the first third of the story probably won’t have the same merchandising potential as a bunch of teenage wizards. But, it would make a dandy theme park, wouldn’t it?