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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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