It’s not official, but according to Hitfix, “Harry Potter” director David Yates is currently in talks with Warner Bros. to direct their big-screen adaptation of Stephen King’s massive post-apocalyptic tome “The Stand” for them. Also, Steve Kloves, who wrote on the “Potter” flicks for Warner, is also in talks to script what would be the second attempt at adapting King’s book (there was a TV mini-series way back in the ’90s starring Rob Lowe and a then-unknown Gary Sinise).
Yates has been mentioned in regards to “The Stand” before, but this is the first time we’re hearing that active negotiations are going on for him to helm the flick.
I personally liked the original mini-series, and in fact, I have it in my DVD collection. It’s actually quite faithful to the King novel, right down to all the kooky, supernatural happenings and absolutely atrocious ending (a King staple if you’ve read enough of his books — they tend to work okay in books, but are just downright ridiculous in cinematic form). In the film, a deadly virus has killed off most of the world’s population, leaving only a few scattered survivors to confront a greater, demonic evil. Yup, the end of the world isn’t enough, now they have to fight some dude who may or may not be the devil. Sucks to be them, I guess.
I honestly don’t know how they would make “The Stand” into a standalone movie and still remain faithful to the book. Maybe as a trilogy of movies, that could work, but you’ll be hardpressed to sell what will probably be a depressing post-apocalyptic trilogy to moviegoers. The book is what, over 1,000 pages?