Another relatively obscure Stephen King novella is being adapted for the screen

Another relatively obscure Stephen King novella is being adapted for the screen

Hell, even The Tommyknockers - which King himself hates and is a pretty awful book, too - is being adapted for the screen. The story follows a group of teenage contestants in dystopian future America who must journey in a non-stop, grueling competition where they are forced to walk under certain rules and restrictions until one is left standing.

After shattering box office records with their horror sensation IT, New Line is moving in another Stephen King adaptation that's been trying to make its way to screens for decades. Once a year the nation holds a grueling contest in which 100 male teenagers must literally walk until they die, with the last remaining contestant deemed the victor and bestowed a great prize: anything he wants for the rest of his life (shades of The Hunger Games, only penned 40 years earlier). The walkers can not stop, accept aid from onlookers or interfere with each other, and if they slow down to under a pace of four miles an hour more than three times, they are shot dead by the soldiers patrolling alongside them.

However, THR is now reporting that 1979's The Long Walk is being adapted for the screen by James Vanderbilt, who wrote Zodiac and potential Oscar favourite The Meg.

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King's other books under the Bachman nom de plume include Rage (1977), Roadwork (1981), The Running Man (1982), Thinner (1984), The Regulators (1996) and Blaze (2007).

There's no word on casting or when production for The Long Walk is scheduled to begin; so be sure to keep it locked as more details about the film become available.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Vanderbilt will also produce with Bradley Fischer and William Sherak.

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