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David Yates and Steve Kloves, the director and writer of the most recent “Harry Potter” films, are talking to Warner Bros. about adapting Stephen King’s 1978 novel The Stand in what could be a multi-picture deal.
It’s not a surprise that The Stand would get the film treatment as the novel has already had a TV miniseries made in 1994 and is currently running in a new form with Marvel Comics. Yates has made public his interest in doing an adaptation while doing press for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, but was quick to point out he was only thinking of the possibility.
This news from HitFix only offers more evidence that Warner Bros. likes Stephen King. His “Dark Tower” series failed to get picked up by Universal, but could be taken up by the studio. Bringing aboard two of the main figures that sent the “Harry Potter” franchise out with a monetary and critical bang, one could take a hint where to take King adaptations in Hollywood. Of course, Warner Bros can afford to.
The Stand is a post-apocalyptic story that follows a group of survivors after most of the human race is killed by the effects of a biological weapon. The remaining survivors break off into two camps, one representing the Good (based in Colorado) and the other Evil (based in Las Vegas). Tension brews and results in both camps waging war with one another to decide the outcome of humanity.
So it’s a happy story. Although Yates and Kloves have not put ink to paper yet on a deal, expect this deal to go through after all Yates and Kloves have done for Warner Bros.