Stephen King Talks The Stand Movie, Gary Sinise, and Molly Ringwald


Stephen King totally digs Gary Sinise’s portrayal of hero Stu Redman in the original “The Stand” mini-series, and he’s a bit obsessed with Molly Ringwald, apparently. EW reached out to the horror author to get his thoughts on the recently announced “The Stand” movie, which, not surprisingly, King didn’t know about until the announcement hit the Interwebs. (As they say in Hollywood, the writer is always the last to know, and King’s “babies” have been sold to studios so long ago, that I bet they don’t even care to give him the courtesy of a phone call anymore before they adapt one of his properties, ala I bet he doesn’t know they plan on remaking his “Pet Semetary”, too.)

Anyways, from EW, here are the 10 things King believes he knows about “The Stand” movie, though honestly, it’s really just King being a joker, though it’s a very fun read:

1. No one will be able to top Gary Sinese, who played Stu Redman in the original ABC miniseries. He was perfect. When he says “You don’t know nothing” to the soldiers who are putting him under mandatory quarantine, you believe his contempt completely. My runner-up pick would be Jake Gyllenhaal.

2. I didn’t know anything about the remake until I read about it on the Internet.

3. You absolutely can’t make it as a two-hour movie. If it was a trilogy of films…maybe.

4. Molly Ringwald won’t be playing Fran Goldsmith this time.

5. Rutger Hauer is a little too old to play the Walkin’ Dude, and that’s too bad.

6. People who’ve seen Kubrick’s The Shining dislike the miniseries I wrote (and my amigo Mick Garris directed) even if they haven’t seen it. That’s always annoyed me. But the wheel of karma turns! This time people will probably say, “The miniseries was lots better.” BUT…

7. …historically speaking, movie studios blow the budget on things like this, so maybe it’ll be fun to look at. The dough certainly isn’t going to me, although if it is a trilogy, and if it makes a lot of money, I might be able to buy a chicken dinner at Popeye’s. Great slaw!

8. Molly Ringwald will probably not play the Trashcan Man, either, but Billy Bob Thornton would be cool. Billy Bob’s always cool.

9. They need to write in a lot of heavy-metal for the soundtrack.

10. M-O-O-N, that spells “you probably won’t see this anytime soon.” And when you do, Woody Allen won’t be directing it. Or Molly Ringwald.

Hey, maybe Molly Ringwald can play this girl from one of “The Stand’s” spin-off properties, in this case, a comic book:

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  • Dedpool

    Loved the book AND the mini-series. I am going to get all the trades of the comic too. I really hope they do make this into a big budget film, but it’d have to be at least 2 or three movies or a 3 hr film with flashbacks to the “Captain Trips” super flu parts and such. I’d cast Billy Bob Thornton as the Walking dude Randal Flagg instead of Trashcan man.

    I actually liked “The Shining” mini-series as well. I love the Kubrick version but the mini-was truer to King’s book, and it was more about the haunted hotel than a man losing his sanity.

    • Juggernaut

      Agreed on both fronts. I liked the younger Rutger Hauer as Randall Flag! That would have been great!

      • Dedpool

        As did I. I also think a younger Clancy brown woulda made a good Flagg as well. Ron Perlman would work too.

  • Michael Sloanne

    Come on now they’re remaking Stephen King’s tv hit miniseries The Stand.what have we come no originality.if I were Stephen King I would sue they’re pants off.I would write & follow up to the Stand.let’s say base it 10 years after the Destruction of Las Vegas & Randall Flagg’s defeat.hey he’s the devil he can’t die.let’s have Randall Flagg with the original or a new actor(The devil is essentially shape shifter)goes to recruit new Baddies to destroy Mother Abigail’s people in Colorado.