Film adaptation of literature often goes awry, but Stephen King books often result in some prime pieces of cinema: The Shining, Cujo, Misery, The Shawshank Redemption, Stand By Me, The Green Mile, Carrie…wow. I never actually realized how good that track record was. Unsurprisingly, Warner Bros. is interested in adapting another King novel: The Stand. And who better to adapt a book to film than the man who totally swept at the Adapting a Book to Film nationals of 2011? David Yates: director of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 and Part 2.
Yates was celebrated by the world of Potter fans for his faithful depiction of J.K. Rowling’s final installment in the series. Since the film’s release, Yates’ name is connected to various projects: an Al Capone biopic titled Cicero, a WWII drama about the British raid on St. Nazaire, and now, potentially the biggest draw (as the term “Stephen King adaptation” maintains a strong interest) is this The Stand project, for which Warner Bros. is attempting to sign a deal with the director.
WB is also looking at Steven Kloves, screenwriter of each of the Harry Potter films, to work on the script for The Stand. Kloves is also responsible for writing the (perpetually) upcoming The Amazing Spider-Man.
In light of the novel’s massive length (the edition released in 1990 is 1,141 pages long), the Harry Potter pair intend to adapt The Stand as a series of films. Not a bad idea, seeing as their last film series broke the world record for Most Money Earned By Anything Ever.