‘Harry Potter’ Duo To Reteam For ‘The Stand’ Adaptation

Published 2 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 8:47 pm,

David Yates and Steve Kloves to adapt The Stand Harry Potter Duo To Reteam For The Stand Adaptation

The original 1978 version of Stephen King’s post-apocalyptic novel The Stand was some 823 pages long; the author would eventually go on to release a “updated writer’s cut” of the book that added over 300 pages to the story. It’s a best-selling, award-winning dark fantasy tale, chockfull of subplots and a diverse collection of characters.

So who better to handle the film adaptation than the director of the last four Harry Potter films (David Yates) and screenwriter Steve Kloves, who penned all but the fifth boy wizard movie?

Around the time the final Harry Potter flick hit theaters, word got out that Warner Bros. was eying Yates as a potential to direct one of several high-profile projects in development, including The Stand. There was no mention of Kloves coming onboard at the time, but the move makes sense given the screenwriter’s working relationship with the studio (in addition to the Harry Potter films, Kloves also reworked the script for Warner Bros.’ live-action Akira project).

According to HitFix, studio heads are currently finalizing deals for both Yates and Kloves to handle a “multi-movie version” of King’s horror/fantasy saga. Vertigo Pictures will produce the project, which is expected to be fast-tracked for development.

King previously expressed his skepticism about the idea of The Stand working as a feature film, but the indication is that Warner Bros. hopes to cover the story over the course of at least two, hopefully three, separate movies. A trilogy seems likes the most obvious fit, seeing how King’s original novel is even divided up into three sections or “shorter books.”

The first portion of The Stand chronicles the emergence of a human-devised superflu virus referred to as either “Project Blue” or “Captain Trips” and the subsequent breakdown of human society worldwide – something that occurs largely off-screen in most post-apocalyptic thrillers (see: 28 Days Later, I Am Legend, etc). The second section of the novel follows various groups of human survivors as they rally around two different figures, in the form of the kindly Abagail Freemantle and a wicked supernatural being called Randall Flaggs. Naturally, in the third section of The Stand, the two camps clash in the “ultimate” battle of good vs. evil.

With Universal having recently canceled its ambitious adaptation of King’s Dark Tower, there is good reason to wonder if Warner Bros. is really prepared to commit to a three-movie take on The Stand. However, the latter isn’t nearly as major an undertaking as the Dark Tower project, which was attempting to tie in both multiple film and TV adaptations of King’s source material.

Director David Yates

While the critically-acclaimed 1994 TV mini-series adaptation of The Stand is considered a pretty loyal retelling of King’s story, most fans would probably agree that it doesn’t do justice to the gruesome and gloomy atomsphere of the source material – in the way that a cinematic adaptation could, that is.

Yates and Kloves arguably did a very good job of not only capturing the increasingly dark and adult tone of the later Harry Potter books with their film adaptations, but also heightening the action quotient (especially in Deathly Hallows: Part II) while still keeping the movies very character-oriented. If they can repeat that act with The Stand, there’s good reason to have high hopes for this King project.

As always, we’ll keep you posted on the status of The Stand.

Source: HitFix

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  1. Well they are both good at cutting important stuff out of long books, so they should be able to trim The Stand down to a 2 hour movie. Which will suck.
    The book is too long, too many sub plots, too many characters to be adapted into anything other than a full length series. A movie version just won’t cut it, it won’t have the drama and slow building tension.
    Leave it alone.

    • gotta say I’m 100% with you there.
      I’m a huge fan of the book, but it really did tend to suffer from the authors need to flesh out things that really had little to do with the book’s plot as a whole.
      If ANYTHING this needs to be given a three movie treatment, and that’s only if they want to cover the basics of the books plot.

  2. Yay.

  3. i read somewhere of a Warner Bros. exc saying that the studio will always release their biggest movie of the year on the 3rd weekend in July.

    2007 – Harry Potter 5
    2008 – Dark Knight
    2009 – Harry Potter 6
    2010 – Inception
    2011 – Harry Potter 8
    2012 – Dark Knight Rises

    now that harry potter and batman are done, they need something for 2013. Its possible that Superman can be pushed back a month to fill the time slot, but i hope Superman keeps the June release date and this gets the coveted July slot

    • hmm

    • I don’t see the first one being their big movie though. maybe the last one but I imagine the first one will get a fall release date, don’t know about the second one but the third one will probably get that summer spot because by then a lot of people will be into it. I think another film will get that spot on 2013.

  4. I’m excited! Bring on The Stand trilogy!

  5. I guess I am going to have to go for the obvious…

    “M-O-O-N! That spells trilogy!”

  6. This is one of my favorite Stephen King books. I was always hoping HBO, Showtime, or Starz would tell this story with a mini series. You cannot do this book justice with movies, its CANNOT be done. But if you stretch the book over ten or twelve (maybe more) 50 minute episodes then you have a chance. But the studio must keep the R rating, no PG-13 this time around.

    • I agree, this could be a very cool TV maxi series. I´d totally watch it.

  7. Meh, I’m really not all that interested personally. I thought they did a good enough job of capturing the jist of the books in the TV mini series (considering it was on basic TV) that I have no desire to pay to see it AGAIN in movie form.

    Plus they would probably target it for a PG13 rating which would really not change the tone from the mini-series. Now maybe if they were willing to commit to an R rating but I just don’t see it happening, especially if WB is rooting around for another cash cow. As Nautius said…….M-O-O-N, that spells cash cow! :)

  8. Ok, Im looking forward to this I want to see how yates approaches this.I want to read the book now. Maybe itll be split part one part two who knows?

  9. Out of the HP directors I think Alfonso Cuarón would be the best choice for this.

    • I disagree….give it to Darabont

      • Micheal does have a point that out of the HP directors cuaron is better suited for it, but Darabont directing it sounds just as good though.

  10. It’s Yates. He’s one of the names attached to the Harry Potter franchise. It will be interesting to see where all their careers go, but basically everyone that played so much as bloody owl in the movies or contributed to half a line of text in the books (if confirmed by Her Rowlingness), has pretty much got their career MADE.

    This will get however many sequels it needs, possibly a two-parter finale (those are getting popular now)just based on Potter connection alone. Then the Stephen King star power is going to be so much overhype. And it either will or won’t deserve that kind of influence, but you can bet your broomstick it will get it.

    Personally, I hope it does give its targeted fanbase what it wants, but since I know nothing about Stephen King books, I can’t really tell. But I’m thinking maybe it will.

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