It appears that Frank Darabont is dedicated to bringing as much of Steven King’s work to the silver screen as possible. Word on the street this morning is that the two will be back in the saddle for the adaptation of The Long Walk. We get the skinny from our friends at Latino Review:
Well Rotten Tomatoes is reporting that Darabont and King are together again for King’s The Long Walk. What’s it about? It is the story of a futuristic foot race where competitors are shot when they stop walking. The last man walking wins.
With Fahrenheit 451 set to be Darabont’s next project, The Long Walk could still be a long way off. “That right now is still in the future. That’s on one of the back burners for now. It probably won’t be too long but before I do that, I’m hoping to get Fahrenheit 451 rolling next year.”
My buddy Bill told me about this story about 10 years ago. I kept saying I would read it, and it looks like I will get around to the movie before I will finish the book. The Running Man may be my favorite film that was based on a Steven King story. I love films about futuristic sports, and it is for this very reason that I greatly anticipate The Long Walk.
If you stop walking, you are shot. If you are the last one walking – you win. That is a simple game, and a fantastic idea for a story. As we follow the characters along the road we start to pick favorites and feel for them. Only one will survive; and at what cost – victory atop a corpse mount of like-minded competitors. I itch with anticipation!
Have any of you guys had a chance to read this story, and/or are you as excited as I am to see this made into a movie?