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10 things Stephen King knows about the big-screen adaptation of The Stand

02.03.2011

Stephen King's THE STAND is finally getting the big-screen treatment as you may already know.

THE STAND got the small screen treatment back in 1994 when it was presented as a mini-series on ABC. Gary Sinise and Molly Ringwald starred in the story that centered on, "After the world is decimated by a man-made plague, a battle of literally Biblical proportions ensues between the survivors."

When the news first debuted, it was mentioned that King would be involved in some capacity. Now the man himself is sharing what little he knows about the upcoming film adaptation of THE STAND. I agree with the first thing he says, not so sure about the Gyllenhaal suggestion though.

Check out the ten things he can tell us below.

1. No one will be able to top Gary Sinise, 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.

Extra Tidbit: Stephen King was always a big deal in my household. However, exposing a small child to stuff like PET SEMATARY and IT is not cool. Do you know how scared I was of storm drains? Two months worth of nightmares. Thanks Mom.
Source: EW

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12:33PM on 02/06/2011
That book would have to be more than just a trilogy. The shit is over a thousand pages long! Seriously, who writes thousand page books?! The bible isn't even that long. God and The prophets couldn't even cover that many pages! On another note, as we all know most of Kings book-to-movie adaptations suck a ton of ass. I only hope they get The Dark Tower right. The Stand dosen't need a movie remake anyway.
That book would have to be more than just a trilogy. The shit is over a thousand pages long! Seriously, who writes thousand page books?! The bible isn't even that long. God and The prophets couldn't even cover that many pages! On another note, as we all know most of Kings book-to-movie adaptations suck a ton of ass. I only hope they get The Dark Tower right. The Stand dosen't need a movie remake anyway.
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3:13PM on 02/04/2011
As much as I might like to dismiss King's 2 cents when it comes to movies, His only directing effort is one of my all time classic faves. - Maximum Overdrive!
As much as I might like to dismiss King's 2 cents when it comes to movies, His only directing effort is one of my all time classic faves. - Maximum Overdrive!
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12:20PM on 02/04/2011

I think everyone's already kind of said it, but...

Stephen King is out of his element on motion pictures, a bit. He's a great, great story teller within his medium, but ... there's more to a movie adaptation than obedience to the source material. Kubrick took a story that had been a cultural landmark within lit, and made it a cultural landmark in cinema. If you want the book on film, just read the book (it's a kickass book); if you want to story presented in a different medium, allow it to become something else to suit that medium. Guys
Stephen King is out of his element on motion pictures, a bit. He's a great, great story teller within his medium, but ... there's more to a movie adaptation than obedience to the source material. Kubrick took a story that had been a cultural landmark within lit, and made it a cultural landmark in cinema. If you want the book on film, just read the book (it's a kickass book); if you want to story presented in a different medium, allow it to become something else to suit that medium. Guys like King remind me of pro athletes who think they know just as much about other sports.

PS: I liked the Shining miniseries just fine, despite loving the movie dearly.
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8:51AM on 02/04/2011
Can't stand how King rips the Kubrick version of the Shining while there are so damn MANY adaptations of his work that are just utter crap. I'd say 90% of them are garbage and only 10 have been good. I don't care if the mini-series followed the book more, Kubrick's is a horror masterpiece.
Can't stand how King rips the Kubrick version of the Shining while there are so damn MANY adaptations of his work that are just utter crap. I'd say 90% of them are garbage and only 10 have been good. I don't care if the mini-series followed the book more, Kubrick's is a horror masterpiece.
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9:59AM on 02/04/2011
agreed, but still, it's got to be hard to see your "babies" misinterpreted or worse... co-opted. I don't take sides in this one but I am totally with you on the Shining.
agreed, but still, it's got to be hard to see your "babies" misinterpreted or worse... co-opted. I don't take sides in this one but I am totally with you on the Shining.
7:29AM on 02/04/2011

Rutger Hauer! & Opinion

80's era Hauer would have made an excellent Walking Dude. After recalling his performances in Blade Runner and The Hitcher, you know he can play crazy and menacing. Too bad the movie(s) weren't made during the late 1980's.

I honestly can't see this working as one film, maybe two three hour ones. Really this is more suited to an HBO miniseries but since there was already an earlier miniseries that did the book justice so what's the point really?
80's era Hauer would have made an excellent Walking Dude. After recalling his performances in Blade Runner and The Hitcher, you know he can play crazy and menacing. Too bad the movie(s) weren't made during the late 1980's.

I honestly can't see this working as one film, maybe two three hour ones. Really this is more suited to an HBO miniseries but since there was already an earlier miniseries that did the book justice so what's the point really?
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5:33AM on 02/04/2011

Langoliers

Watched some of the Langoliers last night. God - that blind kid does my tits in. Ugh.
Watched some of the Langoliers last night. God - that blind kid does my tits in. Ugh.
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3:52AM on 02/04/2011

C'mon King...

I can understand The Shining differed from the source, but you can't deny the cultural impact Kubricks adaptation has had on film, its a classic. You should let that one slide a bit, it could have been so much worse, and someone make a really shitty movie out of the book tarnishing its name. If anything Kubricks film has been great advertising, as most people see the movie first then seek out the book. I think you should adopt Alan Moore's perspective on this kind of stuff, when asked how he
I can understand The Shining differed from the source, but you can't deny the cultural impact Kubricks adaptation has had on film, its a classic. You should let that one slide a bit, it could have been so much worse, and someone make a really shitty movie out of the book tarnishing its name. If anything Kubricks film has been great advertising, as most people see the movie first then seek out the book. I think you should adopt Alan Moore's perspective on this kind of stuff, when asked how he felt about Hollywood messing with his work he responded with "Hollywood hasn't done anything to my work, my works sitting right there on that shelf."
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1:22AM on 02/04/2011
Why do we need to do The Stand again? As if King doesn't have tons of other books that could be adapted. This and the Pet Cemetery remake just reaffirm Hollywood's current stagnant state.

I mean, they could at least be adapting Under The Dome instead. At least that hasn't been turned into a movie or mini series already.
Why do we need to do The Stand again? As if King doesn't have tons of other books that could be adapted. This and the Pet Cemetery remake just reaffirm Hollywood's current stagnant state.

I mean, they could at least be adapting Under The Dome instead. At least that hasn't been turned into a movie or mini series already.
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11:34PM on 02/03/2011

Rutger Hauer! & Opinion

80's era Hauer would have made an excellent Walking Dude. After recalling his performances in Blade Runner and The Hitcher, you know he can play crazy and menacing. Too bad the movie(s) weren't made during the late 1980's.

I honestly can't see this working as one film, maybe two three hour ones. Really this is more suited to an HBO miniseries but since there was already an earlier miniseries that did the book justice so what's the point really?
80's era Hauer would have made an excellent Walking Dude. After recalling his performances in Blade Runner and The Hitcher, you know he can play crazy and menacing. Too bad the movie(s) weren't made during the late 1980's.

I honestly can't see this working as one film, maybe two three hour ones. Really this is more suited to an HBO miniseries but since there was already an earlier miniseries that did the book justice so what's the point really?
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11:15PM on 02/03/2011

I know I'm Gonna Get It, But...

I have seen the miniseries, Mr. King and quite frankly, I prefer it to Kubrick's. Kubrick failed to nail the whole, "Jack has flaws, but he's not a BAD guy, just a haunted/obsessed family man" thing.

I'm sorry fellow movie fans, but Steve Weber is Jack Torrance to me, not Nicholson (even though he was scary as all hell, he just wasn't Torrance).

Looking forward to this new trend of "King" movies though...
I have seen the miniseries, Mr. King and quite frankly, I prefer it to Kubrick's. Kubrick failed to nail the whole, "Jack has flaws, but he's not a BAD guy, just a haunted/obsessed family man" thing.

I'm sorry fellow movie fans, but Steve Weber is Jack Torrance to me, not Nicholson (even though he was scary as all hell, he just wasn't Torrance).

Looking forward to this new trend of "King" movies though...
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5:26AM on 02/04/2011
My girlfriend attempted to make me watch the mini-series as she got her King on recently. It's a woeful piece of television, in all honesty, and don't get me started on the acting chops of the kid. The problem here is you are confusing faithfulness to the book with competent film-making. Film adaptations are just that. Adaptations. They are not required to 100% follow a source material and the sooner this is realised the better. As a result, the Kubrick version is head and shoulders superior to
My girlfriend attempted to make me watch the mini-series as she got her King on recently. It's a woeful piece of television, in all honesty, and don't get me started on the acting chops of the kid. The problem here is you are confusing faithfulness to the book with competent film-making. Film adaptations are just that. Adaptations. They are not required to 100% follow a source material and the sooner this is realised the better. As a result, the Kubrick version is head and shoulders superior to the tacky mini-series. Sorry to rant actually. I do appreciate it's different strokes for different folks. I too am looking forward to this King resurgence. TBH if Darabont could make them all I would be happy.
11:01PM on 02/03/2011
Well, I do not see how they can beat the mini series. It was epic when I was a kid and I watched it again about 5 years ago and it was just as good. I will have high hopes on this one though. Love some King.

Why don't the finish Hearts in Atlantis. The movie barely covered 1/3rd of the book. Or better yet Insomnia, my favorite King novel ever.
Well, I do not see how they can beat the mini series. It was epic when I was a kid and I watched it again about 5 years ago and it was just as good. I will have high hopes on this one though. Love some King.

Why don't the finish Hearts in Atlantis. The movie barely covered 1/3rd of the book. Or better yet Insomnia, my favorite King novel ever.
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9:28PM on 02/03/2011
King cracks me up just as much as he freaks me out.
King cracks me up just as much as he freaks me out.
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9:19PM on 02/03/2011
You aren't the only one, Niki. I think I was 4 or 5 when I first saw IT on TV. And I was afraid of showers for months. "IT" is absolutely not for children.
You aren't the only one, Niki. I think I was 4 or 5 when I first saw IT on TV. And I was afraid of showers for months. "IT" is absolutely not for children.
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8:45PM on 02/03/2011

@ that Headline Pic

After an exhausting day of book signing, submitting his Entertainment Weekly Column, Twittering to his fans & writing his new Dark Tower Novel...All The Master Of Horror needs at the end of the day is really good, sweet-ass, old fashioned blow job.
After an exhausting day of book signing, submitting his Entertainment Weekly Column, Twittering to his fans & writing his new Dark Tower Novel...All The Master Of Horror needs at the end of the day is really good, sweet-ass, old fashioned blow job.
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8:19PM on 02/03/2011
My favorite author! Just an amazing imagination and frankness about men and our habits etc. in his stories. Stephen king/Richard Bachman novels I would like to see brought to the silver screen?(No one asked,but..)--->"The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon" - "The Eye's Of The Dragon" and "The Regulators"
My favorite author! Just an amazing imagination and frankness about men and our habits etc. in his stories. Stephen king/Richard Bachman novels I would like to see brought to the silver screen?(No one asked,but..)--->"The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon" - "The Eye's Of The Dragon" and "The Regulators"
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8:02PM on 02/03/2011

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Two months of nightmares, Niki? That's nothing! I was four when I saw the original airing of IT, and I slept in my mom's room for a year! She got so tired of me sleeping in her bed, that she had the neighbors give us an extra bed they had, and move it into her room for me to sleep in. True story.
Two months of nightmares, Niki? That's nothing! I was four when I saw the original airing of IT, and I slept in my mom's room for a year! She got so tired of me sleeping in her bed, that she had the neighbors give us an extra bed they had, and move it into her room for me to sleep in. True story.
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8:21PM on 02/03/2011
Good lord! I cried under the covers several times but never had an extra bed moved into my mom's room. I don't know about you but I'm still frightened of clowns. *internet hug*
Good lord! I cried under the covers several times but never had an extra bed moved into my mom's room. I don't know about you but I'm still frightened of clowns. *internet hug*
7:25PM on 02/03/2011
Yeah, wow. Picking up some animosity there haha. King is awesome. Just hoping they don't butcher this and IT. Yes, IT was a bit cheesy, but definitely jacked up MY childhood.
Hopefully they find someone legit to play Randall Flagg.
Yeah, wow. Picking up some animosity there haha. King is awesome. Just hoping they don't butcher this and IT. Yes, IT was a bit cheesy, but definitely jacked up MY childhood.
Hopefully they find someone legit to play Randall Flagg.
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7:20PM on 02/03/2011
I like the miniseries version of The Shining. Even own it on DVD. But he's right that I will dislike the movie version of The Stand because I love the miniseries.
I like the miniseries version of The Shining. Even own it on DVD. But he's right that I will dislike the movie version of The Stand because I love the miniseries.
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7:17PM on 02/03/2011
this would have to be a six hour movie so id better take a bucket in the cinema to piss in
this would have to be a six hour movie so id better take a bucket in the cinema to piss in
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7:10PM on 02/03/2011
He's really got a bone to pick with Molly Ringwald.
He's really got a bone to pick with Molly Ringwald.
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