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Hunger Games Director to Helm Stephen King’s The Long Walk

  • Stephen King’s novel ‘The Long Walk’ has faced numerous setbacks and changes in directors in Hollywood’s attempts to adapt it into a film since 1988.
  • Francis Lawrence, director of the Hunger Games movies, is now attached to direct The Long Walk.
  • The dystopian novel features a deadly game and an ensemble cast of young actors, making Lawrence a suitable choice for the film.

Since 1988, Hollywood has been trying to bring Stephen King’s novel ‘The Long Walk’ to the big screen, with directors such as George Romero and Frank Darabont being associated with the project. However, none of these attempts ever materialized. Finally, in 2018, New Line Cinema acquired the rights to the novel, and it now appears that Francis Lawrence, the director of the Hunger Games movies, is set to bring the dystopian story to life.

In an interview with Business Insider, Lawrence confirmed his attachment to the project and expressed his excitement about it. Despite working on other high-profile projects like Constantine 2, I Am Legend 2, and Bioshock, Lawrence seemed particularly enthusiastic about adapting The Long Walk.

“I’m now attached to ‘The Long Walk,’ the Stephen King book. Very excited about that.”

Before New Line Cinema acquired the rights to the novel in 2018, Darabont had held the rights with intentions to create the adaptation. As a successful director of other Stephen King adaptations such as The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, and The Mist, many had high hopes for Darabont’s take on the story. Unfortunately, he never managed to bring the project to fruition, and his rights to the novel lapsed.

In May 2019, New Line Cinema announced that André Øvredal would direct the film. However, by August 2023, Øvredal revealed that he was no longer involved in the project, describing it as one of the biggest regrets of his life.

“I’m unfortunately not [directing], but it’s one of the big regrets in my life not to have made that movie.”

Given its dystopian future setting and story involving a deadly game with an ensemble cast of young actors, The Long Walk seems like a perfect fit for Francis Lawrence. He has proven experience directing ensemble casts in post-apocalyptic settings, as demonstrated by his work on The Hunger Games franchise. The prequel film, The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes, has grossed $200 million to date and broken a franchise record.

With the success of recent survival game series like Squid Game and Alice in Borderland, it’s possible that The Long Walk could ride the wave of the genre’s popularity. However, with Lawrence’s busy schedule, it remains to be seen when the long-awaited adaptation will finally come to fruition.