It looks like Warner Bros is hoping that the golden boys of ‘Harry Potter’ fame will put the Midas touch on their new project ‘The Stand’.
Screenwriter, Steve Kloves, and director David Yates have earned over 7.5 billion dollars for Warner Bros. for their work on the last 4 ‘Harry Potter’ movies and the studios are hoping they can do the same for a multi-movie version of Stephen King’s epic novel ‘The Stand’. According to HitFlix, Warner Bros. is in the process of finalizing the deals for them to reteam.
During the press junkets for ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2’, Yates had mentioned a possible involvement with the movie but at the time, he was still undecided. Looks like now the deals are moving forward rather quickly and the movie has now become a priority project for Warner Bros.
And what of Stephen King’s involvement with the screenplay? Considering he didn’t even know about the remake when the news hit last February (he found out by reading it on the internet) and the fact that the studios are already making a deal with Yates, it doesn’t look too promising.
The Stand is about the survivors of a military-created biological weapon and the struggle between good and evil. Although there is a great deal of characters in the book, the primary struggle comes down to the group of survivors fighting the Antichrist-like bad guy Randall Flagg. It is one of King’s most esteemed novels originally published in 1978 and received such a cult following that an uncut version of the novel was released in 1990. In 1994, a made for TV miniseries was made starring Gary Sinise and Molly Ringwald and was nominated for several Emmys and winning 2.
There is no word as to how many movies Warner Bros. will film to tell the entire story of ‘The Stand’ but fans all agree that 2 hours will not be enough to do it justice.