'Harry Potter' Duo David Yates and Steve Kloves Taking 'The Stand'
The duo just finished out one of the biggest film franchises of all-time with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II (not to mention the previous two films), but now director David Yates and screenwriter Steve Kloves are ready to team-up on another high profile adaptation. HitFix has learned that Warner Bros. is currently finalizing deals for the two filmmakers to reunite for a multi-film adaptation of Stephen King's novel The Stand. Since the book was beefy enough to fill a six hour miniseries back in the 90s, then there's plenty of material for two, maybe even three movies to come from the 1978 apocalyptic sci-fi story.
Here's the official synopsis of Stephen King's The Stand for those who haven't read the book:
This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death.
And here is the bleak new world of the day after: a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides — or are chosen. A world in which good rides on the frail shoulders of the 108-year-old Mother Abigail — and the worst nightmares of evil are embodied in a man with a lethal smile and unspeakable powers: Randall Flagg, the dark man.
The fare is certainly darker and more mature than the Harry Potter franchise, even the later films, and it's almost necessary that this goes above and beyond a PG-13 rating (we can only hope) to capture the the more chilling and terrifying elements of the book. Considering how fantastic a job Kloves did condensing the complex Harry Potter novels into 120 minute packages, he's probably one of the best writers to tackle the material. And considering how well he collaborated with Yates on the final four installments, it only makes sense to snatch up the same duo for this adaptation, that has become a priority project at Warner Bros.