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    Frank Darabont and Stephen King to reteam again for 'The Long Walk'

    Directing three Stephen King movies (four, if you count an early short film) wasn't enough for Frank Darabont. Perhaps cinema's biggest fan of the horror author, the Mist writer/director has plans for another Stephen King movie. This one, written under King's pseudonym Richard Bachman, is the sci-fi tale The Long Walk.

    The story tells of a futuristic foot race where competitors are shot when they stop walking. The last man walking wins. A movie constantly on the go is the next hurdle Darabont faces.

    "Certainly you can't get too handheld with it because then you'd have an image bouncing for the length of a feature film," said Darabont. "I think there's got to be some stabilizing gizmos that I can use to get some of that coverage but I'm already thinking about that."

    Darabont distinguished between his styles for The Mist and his previous films. Where he spent time carefully planning on The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile, he took a fast and furious approach to The Mist. That style would also be appropriate for The Long Walk.

    "That would also be, I think, probably the more ragged and loose and documentary kind of feel. It would probably be an even lower budget than this one was."

    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."
    Darabont should only adapt King material from now on. Anyone read the source material?
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    No, I have not read the book.

    But having those two names togther is enough to get my ass in the seat.

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    I've read the book. They're gonna reeeeaaaaally need to pump it up to make it an interesting cinematic adaptation. It's not structured very typically: not a lot of exterior drama. It's all inside the main character's head, as he watches (and participates) in this horrifying event of walking. I don't really see it working without major major revisions.

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    I'm interested just for that fact alone. A movie where the characters don't stop walking for the entire film is very interesting. It's gonna be like West Wing: The Movie.
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    Hopefully he won't carry over the aesthetic he used for The Mist (inspired by television drama). I think it will work better with a more lyrical approach. That's how I've always envisioned it, anyway.
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    LOVED the short story. I'm a bit scared of a film adaptation, but I think it could be done.

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    This is my favorite Stephen King book. I have a film adaptation imagined in my head that is brilliant. I dare Darabont to top it. :twisted:
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    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.
    This part of the article excites me more than the fact he's going to make another King adaption. But the guy seems to have a great track record with them why stop? I haven't read The Long Walk but I have heard of it and other Bachman books.
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