'Harry Potter' Duo David Yates and Steve Kloves Taking 'The Stand'

August 10, 2011
Source: HitFix

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.

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Excellent. I haven't read the book, but I recently watched the miniseries on netflix. It was good, but I'd like to see a darker version of this story.

grimjob on Aug 11, 2011


love the book love the mini series and ive been waiting for news like this for years. i hope its a lil more violent,darker,and crazier than the minisereies tho. cant wait.

ReddylikeFreddy on Aug 11, 2011


I love the book (both versions) and I can't wait to see what they do with it.

DaftBot on Aug 11, 2011


The Stand and Randall Flagg are part of the Dark Tower series in some form.  I know they don't have to, but if the two series are adapted then I hope they still fit together.  Regardless of which studio has what.

Man in black on Aug 11, 2011


Stu Redman: John Cusack *He's been in two other Stephen King adaptations.

Anonymous on Aug 11, 2011


One of my all-time favorite Apocalyptic novels. Fingers crossed they will do it justice...

Scott Reed on Aug 11, 2011


Yates and Kloves they let me down when it finally counted so not hyped for this.

ate on Aug 11, 2011


I think this has the potential to be good. I've found Yates' direction of the HP series to be pretty inspired. I really want to see what he can do when he's not working with shit kid actors. 

Moon on Aug 11, 2011


it wasn't the cast, it was that shit-awful director. it's like yates wanted everyone, including the older actors with obvious skill in other films, to act like a marionette puppet show, with their hands at their sides and no expression. (and last time i checked, those 'kids' were over twenty years of age, so revise your argument and come back with something actually valid.)

Vae on Aug 11, 2011


as long as kareem abdul jabar is in ,i'm in.

skyhook on Aug 11, 2011

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