Stephen King's The Long Walk In Development at New Line

Lawrence Kim
April 26, 2018

Given how vast Stephen King's bibliography is, you could conceivably have a film a year from his work until the heat death of the universe some 10^{10^{10^{56}}} years from now - or maybe not. Pictures that produced last year's King blockbuster It and its upcoming sequel.

Set in an alternate future where the U.S. is governed by a fascist regime, young boys take part in a devastating competition that literally sees them walk until they drop dead - or go off the road and get shot by the military guarding the whole thing. Once a year the nation holds a grueling contest in which 100 male teenagers must literally walk until they die, with the last remaining contestant deemed the victor and bestowed a great prize: anything he wants for the rest of his life (shades of The Hunger Games, only penned 40 years earlier).

Originally published by King in 1979 under a pseudonym, The Long Walk takes place in a dystopian America where 100 teenagers are forced each year to walk non-stop until only one remains alive.

The walkers can not stop and must maintain a speed of at least four miles an hour - if they dip below that, they are given a warning by the soldiers monitoring the walk. The big-screen rights were initially held for years by Frank Darabont, who is well-known for bringing previous King works to life, including The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile and The Mist. Screenwriter James Vanderbilt (The Amazing Spider-Man), who has been on his own personal quest to get The Long Walk made for more than a decade, is penning the script, but it's too early to talk about things like a director, cast or start of filming. The studio also adapted "IT" for the big screen.

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