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The Long Walk Movie
THE LONG WALK movie
(IMDB Link) will be produced by New Line Cinema
with a screenplay by
James Vanderbilt (ZODIAC)
Previously, the movie rights to the novel were held by Frank Darabont (THE MIST, THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION)
Before that, George A. Romero (NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD) tried to make the movie
James Vanderbilt wrote the script on spec because he loved the book so much, even though he didn't have the rights to it.
When Frank Darabont's rights expired, James Vanderbilt and his producing partner Bradly Fischer immediately snapped it up.
Stephen King loved his adaptation. It's very close the spirit of the book.
New Line optioned the movie.
) has signed on to direct.
Shooting locations being considered are Maine, California, Australia and Eastern Europe.
No news about casting or release dates as of July 6, 2019.
The novel has been compared to Hunger Games, The Maze Runner, Death Race 2000, Battle Royale, The Condemned and The Running Man, but was written before these.
The novel is an alternate reality
set in the late 70s or early 80s
where everything is the same except for some alternate history.
America is probably a dictatorship, possibly a dystopian
but we can't be sure. There has been no movie set in an alternate reality past where everything is pretty much the same except for one small thing.
The closest I can think of is Watchmen
, Bright 2
, and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
To get around this confusion, they might set the movie in the near future as many synopsis say and toss the alternate reality history.
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