Stephen King: 10 things I know about the remake of 'The Stand'

When news broke on Jan. 31 that Warner Bros. is remaking Stephen King’s 1978 novel The Stand, we at EW wondered what our old friend Uncle Stevie thought about the development. We asked, and here’s what he had to say:

1. No one will be able to top Gary Sinise, who played Stu Redman in the original ABC miniseries. He was perfect. When he says “You don’t know nothing” to the soldiers who are putting him under mandatory quarantine, you believe his contempt completely. My runner-up pick would be Jake Gyllenhaal.
2. I didn’t know anything about the remake until I read about it on the Internet.
3. You absolutely can’t make it as a two-hour movie. If it was a trilogy of films…maybe.
4. Molly Ringwald won’t be playing Fran Goldsmith this time.
5. Rutger Hauer is a little too old to play the Walkin’ Dude, and that’s too bad.
6. People who’ve seen Kubrick’s The Shining dislike the miniseries I wrote (and my amigo Mick Garris directed) even if they haven’t seen it. That’s always annoyed me. But the wheel of karma turns! This time people will probably say, “The miniseries was lots better.” BUT…
7. …historically speaking, movie studios blow the budget on things like this, so maybe it’ll be fun to look at. The dough certainly isn’t going to me, although if it is a trilogy, and if it makes a lot of money, I might be able to buy a chicken dinner at Popeye’s. Great slaw!
8. Molly Ringwald will probably not play the Trashcan Man, either, but Billy Bob Thornton would be cool. Billy Bob’s always cool.
9. They need to write in a lot of heavy-metal for the soundtrack.
10. M-O-O-N, that spells “you probably won’t see this anytime soon.” And when you do, Woody Allen won’t be directing it. Or Molly Ringwald.

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  • Nan

    Can someone please explain to me how King didn’t even know about it until he saw it on the internet? And why won’t he get $$$ from it? HE WROTE IT! Please explain…

    • Dicazi

      He probably doesn’t own the film or TV rights to it anymore.

      • Amanda Kiwinerd

        Why does Stephen King sound like an idiot?

      • Jason S

        Yes most likely he sold the rights to the story years ago and already spent the money he got on it! That being said Stephen King is not hurting for cole-slaw!!!

      • LOL

        Amanda knows idiots.

      • brian

        the fact that amanda had 2 ask the question proves she’s the idiot. look it up kid, before you open your trap take the time 2 read a little more and educate yourself!

      • ellen

        He has a sense of humor and an everyman-ness, Amanda. If you don’t get Stephen King, you don’t deserve to read Stephen King.

      • @ellen

        wow ellen, pretentious much?
        can amanda not just say what she feels? this is a free message board last I checked.

      • Trillian

        I get King, and he’s still an idiot – he’s been playing off this “I’m just an everyday Joe kinda guy” attitude for years – but in fact he’s insanely jealous that he’s not considered a “serious writer” or “literature” by the professoria – read his early introduction and editorials – he wreaks of sour grapes because they won’t take him seriously.

      • @Brian

        Brian, why are you typing complete sentences except “2” for “to”? That’s only cool if you’re middle aged or older. Kids will not think you’re “hip.”

      • Bishop

        “why does he sound like an idiot?”

        Remember, he was ran over by a car/truck not too long ago. He hasn’t been the same since. He also developed a severe alcohol drinking problem.

      • Common

        @bishop that severe alcohol drinking problem is also known as “being a writer”.

      • anon

        @Common – Spoken like a true sophomore. I guess you need to mainline heroin to be a blue singer or a “tortured soul with a troubled past” to be a soldier.

        Grow up.

      • vfrickey

        @Amanda Kiwinerd (Thu 02/03/11 9:14 PM), King SOUNDS like an idiot because he’s affected that persona for a while now. Read his foreword to the “expanded” version of The Stand (novel), and you get treated to a lot more of what you’re objecting to. Now, as to why he IS an idiot (ref. his 25-page opus on gun control sold for .99 a pop through Amazon), it’s basically a solid lack of respect for anyone who isn’t Stephen King and doesn’t vote or think his way.

    • Jackie

      I believe something similar happened with Stan Lee. He created Spider-man, but I don’t think he got any money when the movies were made.

      • Nan

        Well that kind of sucks. I know these guys aren’t hurting for cash but still, that’s their work! Huh, that’s just hard to accept.

      • Greg

        But as a sort of “Thanks, Stan!” they usually give Stan Lee a little producer credit or something to throw a little dough his way. And, the cameos he does gives him health insurance as a SAG member! I know it’s not what J.K. Rowling is getting, but, it’s another time now.

      • theduck

        Just to be clear, when Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko (credit where credit is due) created Spider-Man they worked under the standard comic book industry deal, which meant that Marvel owned all rights to Spider-Man. It’s great that more and more creators of old comic book characters are getting some recognition for their work (although I have no doubt they’d also like a fair share of the profits!), legally (which is not the same as morally) in most cases it’s not something Marvel or DC are required to provide any credit (bet you won’t see the names Bill Finger and Martin Nodell (Golden Age GL) or John Broome and Gil Kane (Silver Age GL) listed in the credits of Green Lantern).

      • hf

        I’ve always felt bad for Bill Finger. He pretty much created Batman as we know him today, but Bob Kane refused to share any credit. Bob Kane’s idea was for a colorful character called Bird Man, it was Finger that suggested it be a darker character, to contrast Superman, and came up with the iconic Batman costume. He was a very unassuming man and never wanted to pick a fight with Bob Kane over the credit. It’s fair to say it was a collaboration, but Bill Finger was responsible for pretty much everything we love about Batman. Bob Kane can suck it!

      • joeyjojo

        Jack Kirby had nothing to do with creating Spider-Man.

        And Stan Lee got a lot of money from Marvel, even if none of it was overtly and directly for creating any specific property.

    • Because

      Uncle Stevie does not have the movie rights

      • Frank Anderson

        Uncle Stevie also does not have an editor with the balls to tell him to trim superfluous words from his books. I used to love reading Stephen King, but his books are so bloated now. The Stand is one of his books which shows what magic can happen when a book deserves to be long. Duma Key, Insomnia, and a few other recent titles by Uncle Stevie could have truly benefited by having a brisker pace. At points there have been entire chapters I would have removed in order to help build tension… I still love him though. Don’t ask me why I unloaded that here! Its not like I am an authority… I just wish I loved his work like I used to.

      • Jason C.

        Frank: Actually, the editors did tell him to cut material from The Stand in it’s initial release, hence why he later released the complete uncut version of the book (which I read and would dare say that I wouldn’t have cut a word). Something to remember about The Stand is that it’s meant to be Stephen King’s Lord of the Rings. Look and you’ll notice that it’s actually broken down into three parts. The Lord of the Rings is really one book in three parts.

      • John Berggren

        You can tell when authors ditch their editors (in spite of the fact that a good editor is a good thing). The difference between the Stand and the Stand “complete and fully bloated” is profound.
        Also – look at the differences between the Harry Potter books – Prisoner of Azkaban, Goblet of Fire, Order of the Phoenix. 3) Finely edited 4) Editor fired, bloated book 5) oops maybe an editor is a good thing.

      • Frank Anderson

        I think The Stand did a good job of having a reason for every page. The plot always seemed to be moving forward. His more recent books just seemed to be indulging the author versus the author writing for his audience. His work has gotten Dickensian… which is fine if you liked when writers got paid by the word and worked as hard as possible to shoehorn in as many of them as possible. I love reading a tome when the story merits the exposition, but when it doesn’t then I get driven crazy. It is why the only book I can ever say I actually hated was Look Homeward Angel. That book was a bloated borefest.

      • Matt

        The Stand was not meant to be King’s “Lord of the Rings.” The Dark Tower series was. Read King’s introduction to the series, called “On Being 19″ in the revised edition of “The Gunslinger”. He explicitly says that the DT series is his Lord of the Rings.

      • Greg

        I LOVED Insomnia!

      • Jennifer B

        I love uncle Stevie.

      • ksoze

        Stephen King is the best! The Stand is my favorite book ever; no author is better (to me) at fully fleshing out his characters. The Stand, the Dark Tower series, and IT, are my favorite of his works. But Shawshank and The Green Mile are the best movies.

      • Frank Anderson

        Gregg- I actually really liked Insomnia too, but I think with a good bit of trimming it could have been a real classic. As it stands it is just a good book. Same thing with the more recent Dark Tower books. With his narrative tangents unchecked, King goes in too many directions, often without nailing any of them as solidly as they could have. Not that I am a better writer than him. Again, I love Steven King and don’t want to be a complete downer on his work.

      • Bocoe

        I agree with Frank. Uncle Stevie kind of lost me with Insomnia, and IT, and a few other later titles. A couple of them were so long and drawn out I had to bail out on the last hundred pages or so. However, The Dome was excellent.

      • cricket

        IT was released in 1986, almost 25 years ago. I wouldn’t really call that a “later work”. Also, every single page of IT was necessary. To cut any part would unravel the entire story.

      • Frank Anderson

        IT is one of the few earlier SK books I missed out. I need to fix that…. But am scared to because the miniseries freaked me out so much.

      • Robert W.

        @ Jason C. The Stand is not King’s “The Lord of the Rings” That would be The Dark Tower series

      • Brian

        @ Robert and Matt: I realize the Dark Tower series is King’s “Lord of the Rings” in that both have attracted a devoted cult of fans that like those books much more than anything else he’s done, but fans of King who’ve read his books for the past 30 years know that…

        King called The Stand his “Lord of the Rings” 30 years ago — and referred to it as such in the intro to that book, too — and he went back and rewrote The Gunslinger (which I think was a mistake) because ~at the time~ he viewed it as juvenalia. That’s why he began work on the Stand, in an effort to write a real epic where he had been stymied by the ever-expanding plotline of the Dark Tower series which he very nearly did not finish, and which is much less of a self-contained epic than The Stand.

        That’s why it makes much more sense to label The Stand as Stephen King’s “Lord of the Rings”, not to mention the obvious structural similarities between the two books and the fact that Randall Flagg is all but labelled a reincarnation of Sauron.

        The Dark Tower is his Silmarillion.

      • Brian

        To clarify, I’m saying the Stand is indeed his “Lord of the Rings”:
        Structurally and thematically, and King labeled it as such before it came out, when he was writing it, during his most prolific and high quality writing period, and referenced Lord of the Rings in the intro to The Stand, at a time when the Gunslinger was the only DT book and King hated it, whereas the Dark Tower series is highly uneven and came apart in widely spaced increments that borrowed liberally from The Stand and other works, and King went back and rewrote the Gunslinger, which had a refreshing early-King feel to it, to comport with the (bloated, editor-less) later editions of DT.

      • Brian

        To clarify even further, I don’t mean to diss the Dark Tower, I just hate to see people put down the Stand in comparison when DT owes so much of it. And DT is more uneven than the Stand. Dark Tower is like the Star Trek movies — the odd-numbered books are GREAT! The even numbered books, you can feel the holes and the author even writes the holes into the story, Neverending Story-style. Some of them are holes in his memory of the original notes which were lost. I would have loved to see what was originally envisioned.

    • dave

      Because Hollywood and it’s activities are corrupt and unfair. It’s a friggen slimepit, and how anything good ever comes out of it staggers my imagination. A few good eggs?

      • Jason S

        You can’t blame Hollywood. Stephen king sold the right to his book and cashed the check!!!

  • Brian

    he is dead on about Rutger Hauer being perfect for Randall Flagg. not so sure about Jake Gyllenhaal as Stu Redman, though. I always thought Viggo Mortensen would be perfect

    • Mr T

      Have you seen Viggo in THE PROPHECY? *He* would be a great Walkin Dude!

      • Angelo Barovier

        Yes. This was a movie I saw upon release and told everyone I knew: “Go see it for the guy who plays the devil. That dude rocked.”

      • ksoze

        Aren’t they looking at Viggo Mortensen to play Roland Deschain?

      • Jason C.

        ksoze: They offered the role of Roland to Javier Bardem.

    • Jane

      Jamie Sheridan was a great Randall Flagg in the mini-series. He had that crazy smile thing going on.

      • Frank Anderson

        He was good, but looked a bit too “porn” to me. He looked like he could have been Ron Jeremy’s cousin or something.

      • jules

        His mullet was glorious, though.

      • Mark

        The casting of Flagg is the most important aspect remaking The Stand in my opinion. Thought they blew it with Sheridan. Played too much for laughs. Flagg was dark and creepy. Although I think he’s too old now, Lance Henriksen would have been perfect as Flagg. Check him out in Near Dark. Totally creepy.

    • jules

      Yeah, Viggo just isn’t…Texas…enough. I agree with Mr. T.
      On a side note, I adore Uncle Stevie simply for throwing a bone to those of us who feel that Molly Ringwald was HORRIBLY miscast as Frannie Goldsmith.

      • ksoze

        Yeah…bless her heart. When did it come out, ’94? I think Robin Tunney would’ve been good. Other than that, I loved Rob Lowe, Sinise, Mother Abigail, and the guy who played Tom Cullen. M-O-O-N, that spells Tom Cullen!

      • jennie

        ROFL about the glorious mullet!! Love love Uncle Stevie to bits long books or short…

      • Chris Devlin

        ITA about Molly Ringwald. Especially cast against the excellent Sinise, Ringwald was abysmal. And I love that Uncle Stevie keeps pointing that out. It must be awful when one of your creations is butchered like that.

      • To Jules

        Amen to that! Molly was the worse on an otherwise perfect cast.

      • Angela

        The Stand is my favorite Stephen King book and I loved the original movie (I still have it on VHS) It’s classic. I am going to boycott this movie. It will only end up overdone with special effects and ruined. Are they really out of original ideas in Hollywood that they now need to remake everything? They already ruined The Karate Kid and I’m sure the new Footloose is going to suck. LEAVE MOVIES WE LOVE ALONE ALREADY!!

      • Natasha

        Oh, thank you, Jules for that laugh about the mullet!

      • Floyd

        Though Javier Bardem is a great choice I think he’d be much better as Walter than Roland which perhaps could be played by Timothy Olyphant

    • jules

      One more thing: Andrew Lincoln, who plays the lead in AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” would be perfect as Stu this time out.

      • aleksa

        Ooooh. I like your thinking. Might be a little too close to his “Walking Dead” character, though.

      • Crystal

        Yeah, it’s *very* close to his Walking Dead character . . . that’s one of the first things I thought when I started watching The Walking Dead.

      • Axis

        I hadn’t even thought about him, but yeah. I like it.

        Or Timothy Olyphant.

      • MelvinSchlock

        Andrew Lincoln birth name was Andrew Clutterbuck for you Castle Rock fans.

    • JS

      Oooohhhh yeah! Viggo Mortensen would be good as Stu.

      • wino

        I think Viggo as Roland would be better. Stu needs to be a bit younger than Viggo.

      • Mary

        Viggo is much too old to play Stu….Stu is in his early 30s!

    • Hollister58

      Back when the Stand first came out, I thought Bruce Dern would be the perfect Randall Flagg.

    • Trista

      Mickey Rourke would be a great Flagg

      • MaryB

        The Stand Miniseries was GREAT!!! lEAVE IT BE. REMEMBER King Fans that Randall Flagg is in sevewral of King’s books so the actor has to be very, very talented so go back and read the books again because so far very BAD choices. Randall Flagg should be an actor that is unknown to add to the mystery.

    • JBJ

      I would have absolutely LOVED Rutger as Randall Flagg! Viggo may be a bit too old as was said to be Stu, but he certainly would bring a lot more credibility than Jake G. I mean, please on that one. It does sound like Kingy certainly has a problem with whiny Molly Ringwald! hehe I would have liked a better choice than LSG for RF’s main squeeze. She was lacking to me, even though I like her a lot in general.

    • Trouble

      Never liked Molly Ringwall in The Stand and as much as I love Gary Sinese, I was never crazy about him as Stu…but when I was reading the book, the character I saw in my imagination for Tom turned out to be the actor who played him in the mini-series…

  • Ryan

    Mr. King, I can tell you that my best friend Bob much prefers The Shining miniseries over the Kubrick film. He’s mentioned this many times. I have only seen the film, so I reserve judgement.

    • SisterZip

      Loved the book (and I have Mr. King’s signature it it, too). I absolutely hated, HATED I tell you, Kubrick’s The Shining. The casting was stupid, the costumes were atrocious. Almost everthing about that movie sucked. I haven’t seen the miniseries, I was too afraid. Maybe I should give it a try.

      • Quirky

        What do you mean “the costumes were atrocious”? That’s how people actually dressed in the late 70’s, early 80’s.

      • Jen

        I was disappointed in Kubrick’s Shining, mostly because it left out some of my favourite elements from the book. That, and I can’t stand Shelley Duvall. You know it’s bad when you’re rooting for Jack.

      • sarah

        I did love the Kubrick film, but Shelley Duvall was awful! Running around barely supporting a knife with her limp wrists…yeah I was sort of rooting for Jack too.

      • Woot

        Kubrick’s film is brilliant, especially if you haven’t read the book. I think people (especially King, and rightly so I guess) get mad because he changed things and left important aspects of the book out. Still If you see the movie as just a movie rather than an adaption of the book it’s a very well made film.

      • Kenny

        Let’s be clear: it was a very well made movie. However, it was a terrible adaptation of a book. That sums it up.

      • constant_reader

        You can NOT compare Kubrick’s film with the book. That book is some of the scariest, most amazing stuff I have ever read. The mini-series was better, but the book! Aaaah! There is a reason the best films are Shawshank, The Green Mile and Stand by Me. They were adaptations of short stories. Brilliant short stories!

      • Cat

        I hated the Kubrick movie!!!! I actually have been to the Stanley Hotel in CO that inspired the book & it is so beautiful & THERE IS NO HEDGE MAZE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • JBJ

        I’m with ya Suzy. I hated The Shining acting wise, to be honest (except Scatman Carothers who was just an amazing man!). I loved the initial atmosphere of the film, but I couldn’t stand hammy Jack Nicholson who, imo, never was any good in any movies except Chinatown and Cuckoo’s Nest. The man is just a caricature who is too in love with himself and his eyebrows. He sickens me. Shelley was just miscast is all. REDRUM!

      • Cory Menzel

        I notice there are A LOT of people who were not willing to watch The Shining mini-series. Let me be the first (I think) to say that if you enjoyed all the small plot point of the book, you may just enjoy the mini-series more. Kubrick’s was great, don’t get me wrong, but it left out SOOOO much. And that was beautifully addresses in the mini-series. That and, I agree, Duvall was painful, and Rebecca DeMornay in the mini-series was AWESOME. Steven Weber even rivaled Jack Nicholson, but the sheer Nicholson factor turned the tables in his favour. Still, in the end, WATCH the mini-series, YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT!!

      • Cliff C.

        Kubrick’s film cannot be compared to the book. It’s too much a departure. That being said, I think it’s better than the book. And I love King. The Stand mini-series holds up pretty well. Can’t understand why they’re bothering to remake it.

    • sciteach713

      I absolutely love the mini-series version of The Shining. For me it’s even better than the original, but maybe that’s because I didn’t see the original until after I’d seen the mini series.

      • Cliff C.

        Good point. I think much of it has to do with what you were introduced to first. The book, film or mini-series. For me, it was the film.

    • Brett

      The problem with most adaptations of King’s books, whether on television or on the big screen, is the same problem with King’s books: the near-constant inability to have a satisfying ending that doesn’t let the viewer down. That spider at the end of “It,” the “hand of God” at the end of the “Stand,” the endings of both versions of “‘Salem’s Lot”…It seems King’s best adaptations are of the stories written as Richard Bachman.

      • William

        The Mist was a great ending..and not true to King’s writing…and I’m pretty sure he said he liked the film ending better than his story

      • Crystal

        I personally preferred the ending to the short story. It was more realistic. I thought the ending of the movie was pure shock value, no substance.

      • BlackIrish4094

        The ending of the film the Mist sucked IMO.

      • jenn

        You hit it dead on.The endings just never translate well on film. Sometimes the imagination is better than seeing something on screen.

      • Scribe

        Truth be told, the spider at the end of IT mini series was most likely the result of budgetary concerns. I remember reading its depiction in the book and it scared the bejeezus out of me. The best part of King’s books has and always been the characters, you end up caring about the characters so the ending is more about as seeing where the journey ends for them.

      • Flash

        I reckon that SK doesn’t end any of his books that I’ve read very well.

      • Brian

        The thing is that the people who dislike the “hand of God” ending probably didn’t believe in the whole religious angle underpinning the book, and were unwilling to go along with it even as fantasy, which is a problem for reading enjoyment if you read fantasy and horror and have a hang up about religion but not ghouls. The Deus Ex Machina ending was entirely appropriate for what was essentially a Biblical style armageddon story (on a slightly smaller or larger scale, I’m not sure which).

        It’s no different than the ending of Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, for chrissake.

    • Zack

      Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining is my favourite film of all time. Stephen King’s tv version was awful! Glad that Stephen King will not be involved in the remake of The Stand…. remember Maximum Overdrive!

      • Ralph

        Kubrick’s version of The Shining is a masterpiece, an intelligent, artful, subtle film based on a mediocre book. The mini-series is slavishly true to that same book, and as such is bloated, tedious, and obvious. Talk about needing an editor! King has proven repeatedly that whatever chops he brings to writing, he lacks for filmmaking. That’s okay. He doesn’t need to be able to do both.

      • MaryB

        Kubrick.s version of The Shining didnt make sense if you read the book. He made Danny look stupid when he is the most impoprtant character… THEY only use the father to bring them his very gifted son, but Danny is too snart. The Mini- series of THE STAND was so much like the book. HOW DARE YOU INSULT STEPHEN KING WHO IS ONE OF THE GREATEST WRITERS WHO WILL BE REMEMBERED IN HISTORY LIKE POE. YOU Said mediocre book Mr. Ralph…Are you sure You read THE SHINING Stephen King cause YOU should be very ashamed and not allowed to share anything ever again concerning Mr. King. I Love all the books I have read of yours and I am trying to get caught up especially since my Stephen King hardbacks are so precious to me

    • PJ

      I know several people that have read The Shining and hate Kubrick’s version. It completely takes the emotion out of the book and goes for the scares. The mini-series is much closer to the book, which I prefer.

      • Shotgun Samurai

        The Shining is about a Jack Torrence descending into madness. Jack Nicholson is just crazy from the start.

      • Sue1

        Count me and many of my friends as preferring the mini-series to the film. Kubrick made it his own story, and took all of the true horror out of it.

      • Crystal

        I thought the film was really good, and I liked the book too. Maybe it’s because I saw the movie first, and then read the book (I find I can usually enjoy both the book and the movie if I watch the movie first). The two of them were very different, so you could enjoy both for different reasons. The book scared me MUCH MUCH more than the movie did though . . . thinking about those animal bushes moving when no one was looking creeped me out to no end!

      • stinkytojo

        I also much preferred the miniseries version of The Shining, as well. The biggest problem with movies of King’s work is that they always miss the larger point. For example, The Shining was more about the breakdown of a family than anything else and Kubrick missed that. Most of Uncle Stevie’s work is “about” a larger issue than the “scary story.” That’s what makes him great and most of the film adaptations not great.

      • edmonton girl

        To Shotgun Samurai – you are so right – the character development and the emotion were completely missing from Kubrick’s film.

      • jcherry32

        I hate to say this, but Kubrick’s films are all beautiful to watch, but there is no emotional content. At all. The actors all look like robots spitting out lines exactly how Stanley wanted them to. The book was a million times better. Oh, and Christine was great, too!

    • Kate

      Kubrick’s film killed off the black man whose name escapes me at the moment. He was one of my favorite characters and I was so ticked off that they changed the story that I can never watch it again. Also Jack Nicholson, while an amazing actor, was unlikeable from the beginning of that movie, so I never felt any compassion or understanding for him. Shelley Duvall was in full Olive Oyl mode (yikes – I think I would have been tempted to take an axe to her myself. Terrible adaptation of a favorite book.

    • Cat

      Oh, the hotel in the mini series is the Stanley, forgot to mention that. I was just glad to see it done right.

  • Jackie

    I loved the book ‘The Shining’ and thought the mini-series was fantastic. I detested the Kubrick version (cinematic sacrilege, I know, but it’s my opinion). That said, I can’t see Jake Gyllenhall as Stu. I’d rather see Josh Holloway.

    • Nan

      SNAP! Josh Holloway would be perfect as Stu.

      • Meli

        You know I hadn’t even thought about Josh Holloway in that role, and you’re right. He’d be pretty darn good.

      • maya

        Josh Holloway is more of a Larry than a Stu.

      • tommymommy

        YES! Love it!

    • Terry

      I’d prefer Tim Olyphant.

      • Nan

        Hold the phone! I now see Olyphant as Stu and Holloway as Larry. Definitely.

      • Kathy B.

        Awesome! I’d take Olyphant & Holloway in those roles. Great choises.

      • Kathy B.

        Yikes typo. I meant choices.

      • Axis

        Loving the Timothy Olyphant and Josh Holloway choices.

    • Melly

      What about Josh Holloway as Larry Underwood? He’s got the attitude and sex appeal down for this role!

      • Brett

        Hold the phone – Olyphant as the Walking Dude, and Holloway as Trash Can Man!

      • Frank Anderson

        I’m loving Olyphant and Holloway as Stu or Larry, but I think the Trash Can Man needs to be someone with not as much sex appeal as they have acting chops. Possibly a John Hawkes/Bryan Cranston-type.

      • ksoze

        Bryan Cranston would pull off the part of Trashy beautifully.

      • jeannie

        Yes, please! I would love to see Sawyer.. I mean Holloway, in this. A girl can dream.

      • MK

        But Larry is from New York. Josh Holloway is so perfect as that southern character, I just can’t see him pulling off a NY accent. unless he’s a better actor than I know

      • Ellie

        John Hawkes would be a GENIUS casting for Trashcan Man.

    • BLT

      Yes! Josh Holloway would be perfect. Jake, meh. I can’t see it. But, of course, I didn’t write the material. I just read it and I’m sure my vision of the details differs from the author’s.

      And “The Shining” mini-series was the better adaptation, imo.

    • steve-o

      great call on Josh as Stu…do it!

    • Peyton

      I agree with Maya. I think Josh Holloway would make a perfect Larry. He could totally pull off that tortured rock star role.

  • Shakespeare

    King’s novels are greats but none of his novels turned into films has ever been good, and that is because it’s two different mediums and there hasn’t been a director with enough passion for the material. Sadly Stanley’s The Shinning is the closet thing we got to a decent King movie, and it wasn’t 100% accurate to the book! I was excited about The Dark Tower series when JJ was behind it, but then they threw out the name Ron Howard, and I already know it is going to fail, Splash? A Beautiful Mind? That is who you give your master work 2?! King do us a favor and get an agent that gives you complete control over adaptations of your work, don’t just be a sucker for the money, because your legacy is already paying highly for it!

    • Jay

      None of his novels become good movies???? I seem to recall Shawshank Redemption not doing too bad…

      • Aurora

        I could be giving undue credit to the above poster, but Shawshank was actually a short story. A lot of King short stories have turned into great movies, but some of the novels are too dense for a two hour movie to do them justice.

      • labgrrl

        Stand by Me was not so shabby either!

      • Laurin

        And what about Green Mile?

      • AC

        Misery with Kathy Bates and James Cann.

        BAM! That just happened.

      • PixxieTrixxie

        I also liked Dolores Claiborne – I am looking forward to what they do with The Dark Tower – if The Stand was a mini series then The Dark Tower will be multiple movies. I love Stephen King’s novels and the movies, but have often thought that the endings were a little off – especially the end of The Stand – epic right up to that goofy hand coming out of the sky.

      • steve-o

        yah, good point about his short stories making better features. Stand By Me from director Rob Reiner was based on “The Body”, a short story from “Different Seasons”. Kiefer Sutherland was a real pr*ck in that role!

      • ksoze

        Green Mile?

      • KingFan

        Misery was a movie that I actually thought was better than the book. Otherwise, I agree that movies of his books suffer in comparison. With the exception of his short stories, which have been made into great movies, like Shawshank Redemption, The Stand, and the Green Mile which was published in installments.

    • Meli

      Hello? The Shawshank Redemption? Forget about that film?

      • aughra

        My favorite movie ever. It lost a number of Oscars to “Forrest Gump.” It wuz robbed!

    • Jackie

      And ‘Stand By Me’ was excellent.

      • ksoze

        Geez, forgot all about ‘Stand By Me’ and ‘Misery’ Awesome flicks.

    • Kevin

      Shawshank, Stand By Me, Misery, Dolores Claiborne, Carrie… yup, not ONE of those was any good.

      • Mr T

        The first two (as pointed out above) are novellas. CARRIE is barely novel length, probably closer to a novella if you cut out all the interstitial stuff (news reports etc). MISERY was pretty short and simply plotted for a King book. None of these are on the level of trying to adapt The STAND or even SALEMS LOT (which has yet to be filmed well despite 2 made-for-tv attempts).

        I’ll give you DOLORES CLAIBORNE, tho even that one is something of one trick pony, plot-wise….

      • Brett

        Well, you’re right about Dolores Claiborne.

    • gibbygone

      What about Misery!

      • SisterZip

        Loved Misery and Delores Claiborne. Kathy Bates is the best!

    • Zakry

      That person didn’t think their comment out very well – besides Shawshank Redemption, Misery, Stand By Me, oh crap – just look at Kevin’s post.

    • ObvUsername

      Shawshank and Stand By Me were not novels – both were parts of a larger collection. (I know, I know… technicality.)

    • Hello?

      The Greeen Mile…

    • To Uncle Stevie

      IT, Shawshank Redemption, The Stand, Misery, Stand By Me – all great movies.

      • Brett

        You’ve got to be kidding about “IT.” Apart from Tim Curry’s line delivery, that one stank on ice.

      • ksoze

        I would love to see IT remade…love the book. but Tim Curry was perfect as Pennywise.

      • William

        you won’t get better than Tim Curry…and that movie had its moments. I think I read recently that they’re remaking IT as well

      • brian

        I hope to God your right about IT being remade as a movie, tv version SUCKED!! keep tim curry on for the movie tho, he’s perfect as pennywise..

      • iggy

        “They Float,They All Float Down Here!!!” I dressed as Pennywise for Halloween once,never saw so many grown cry with fear!!

    • Hannah

      Carrie, The Green Mile, Misery and The Shawshank Redemption were probably his BEST movie adaptations.

    • Caiman

      The Dead Zone was great too.

    • Sinchy

      What about Firestarter? The original, with Drew and George C. Scott.

      • brian

        UGH!!!!!firestarter the movie was awful, stupid directors think they can make kings stories better, and then just ruin them

    • Megan

      Stand By Me, Shawshank…

    • Brian

      You know, JJ Abrams is supposed to be a huge fan of The Stand, why not give the movie to him instead of pawning it off on someone (like too many King fans) who will merely see it as a prequel to the Dark Tower?

      (It’s not — Flagg was already considered one of King’s best villains before he made his way into the Dark Tower series in the late 90s, and The Stand is easily in contention for King’s best freestanding work)

  • Ethan

    Not unprecedented, he didn’t know about the Lawnmower Man movies until he read about them in the trade papers, poor guy. I did love Gary Sinise in the miniseries. And I dug his Shining miniseries – there’s room for both a long, different miniseries AND the Kubrick movie.

  • Cate

    Great slaw, Uncle Stevie. Great slaw.

  • Ken

    How about from someone who’s seen both The Shining miniseries as well as the Kubrick version, and still thinks Kubrick had it all over the miniseries (and the book to be quite honest.)

    • Laurin

      Saw both.. The movie is a cult classic, but the miniseries was more true to the book. I enjoyed both of them

    • brian

      you’ve got 2 be kidding me, kubrick’s film better than the book? what planet are you from anyway? that book is a classic, kubricks film is his invention and had very little to do with the novel.

      • Cliff C.

        Kubrick’s film is still better Brian. Sorry.

    • Cliff C.

      Second that. I love King, but Kubrick made it work as a film. The mini-series lurches along.

  • Miss M

    I love Uncle Stevie. If I was a stalker, I’d go to Maine to find him. He’s the smartest, coolest guy on the planet.

    • La


    • Shotgun Samurai

      Sorry but he spends most of his time in Florida these days.

    • ksoze

      Yeah…what YOU said!

  • Jay

    So many King novels out there just BEGGING to become a movie, and they want to re-make The Stand?!?!
    Seriously? While I understand the appeal of “The Stand”, why not dig into Steveie’s library and..I dont know… make a movie out of “Desparation”…. “Bag of Bones”, “Under the Dome”… I could go on and on with novels that need the big-screen treatment.

    Hollywood exec’s are clueless

    • Trixie

      FYI, Desperation was made into a TV movie in 2006. It was directed by Mick Garris and it was sorta terrible.

      • Jay

        I was unaware of the Desperation TV movie. The book was awesome!!! I kept picturing Gary Busey as the demented, posessed cop from the beginning.

        I may have to check it out… even if all I know about it is your review of it being “sorta terrible”

      • ksoze

        It wasn’t all that bad…and Ron Perlman played the demented cop. He did great.

      • William

        the desperation movie was terrible. The book was so much better

    • JDWurl

      Being an aspiring screenwriter, I loved “Bag of Bones” so much, I started writing my own movie adaptation. Liked “Green Mile” books much more than the movie, but isn’t that usually the case? How about “Gerald’s Game” (which, in the book, shares an eerie scene with “Dolores Claiborne”)? If they can make a movie that takes place completely in a coffin (“Buried”), I’m sure a compelling drama centered around a woman chained to a bed who slowly loses her mind is possible.

      • PixxieTrixxie

        That could be adapted into a truly awesome movie. I love the crossover scenes between King’s novels/novellas/short stories. Gerald’s Game was an intense story. I also liked the adaptations of The Dark Half and Tommyknockers and The Langoliers (my whole family sat and watched that one afternoon – a rarity in our house).

      • MOMO

        yes! I was just thinking a few days ago (yes I have no life) that Jill Scott would be perfect for the role of the Sara Tidwell

    • Angelo Barovier

      I’m behind a Bag of Bones movie. And I can’t even finish the book. Hits too close to home.

    • Joe the Machinist

      The did make an “Under the Dome” movie. It was called “The Simpsons Movie”, starring Hank Azaria, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smityh, Julie Kavner, Dan Castalanetta, et al.

      • Shotgun Samurai

        Aside from the initial concept they are completely different stories. Nice try though.

    • B

      I agree with Jay. All I want is an adaptation of The Talisman. That’s it. I know it’s supposed to be a mini-series or something, but at this point it seems like all of the Dark Tower and several remakes will be made before Talisman.

      • Tina

        YESSSSS the Talisman – I would love to see that book made into a movie!!

      • walkindude

        WOLF!!!! thinks that is a fine idea. Been waiting for a version of the Talisman since…well since the book came out.

    • Kate

      A well-made movie of Desperation or The Regulators would be brilliant. Desperation is one of King’s scariest IMO.

    • Anne

      i heard that Under the Dome is already being adapted for film

  • Dicazi

    I most firmly believe #10.

    • Meier

      I most firmly believe #9! They should get Mastodon or Serj Tankien or – I dunno – even Queens of the Stone Age to help out.

      • Delon

        I think Serj Tankian should play Randall Flagg.

      • Brian

        Ditto Serj Tankian for Randall Flagg!

  • Simon

    The book The Stand is my all time favorite book and I read a ton of books. No way any movie they make will do it justice, no way…

  • me

    M-O-O-N that spells
    do something else from the kingverse…all of his stuff is formulaic and teh same anyways…

    • Nan

      BOOOOO to your comment. M-O-O-N, that spells your comment is dumb.

    • Shotgun Samurai

      Saying teh makes you retarded.

  • waya

    Jake Gyllenhaal? Oh please NO. That guy gets too much work as it is and I can’t stand watching him “try” to act! I’d rather see Molly Ringwald as Stu!

    • Sandra


    • brian

      jake gyllenhaal should go do porn, his acting is about at that level. but i think he might not measure up to the role, if you get my meaning…LOL

  • Phred

    1. Sinise, while a fine actor, blew in the role – though considering how awful the rest of it was, I’m willing to concede it was horrible directing at fault.

    2. I’m very glad to see Mr. King on the side of sanity and acknowledging Molly Ringwald would have been better cast as Kojack, Glenn Bateman’s canine companion.

    3. With the exception of Storm of the Century (which was just fantastic), Mr. King’s attempts at screenplays have been mediocre at best. Here’s hoping we get a Darabont-type talent at translating one of the best stories of modern literature into a great set of films.

    4. And yes, it would have to be at least two films, minimum. Though I’d gladly lose all the government-making rigamarole in Boulder.

    • CJ

      I find it hilarious that you disagree with the person who created the character of Stu thinking that the actor who portrayed him was perfect.

      • ObvUsername

        King can be a good writer and still a bad judge of acting. Still, I really liked Sinise as Stu as well.

      • VAS

        @OnvUsername — not really unless you are saying the King wrote a bad character needing a bad actor. I agree with CJ — when the person who creates a character looks at the actor on the screen and says “Yes…this is just who I imagined when writing the role”…the creator wins.

    • Mouse

      I thought Gary Sinise was really good. But I also thought Storm of the Century was awful, so what do I know?

    • Mary Rupe

      COOL! I just thought of something! They should make a movie with the Boulder side, then another with the Las Vegas side. Then the third would be a totally exciting STAND OFF!!!

    • Denise

      Frank Darabont is obviously a fan of King and would do an amazing job with any of his works.

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