According to The Hollywood Reporter who broke the story on monday:
Warner Bros and CBS Films are teaming up to create a big screen adaption of Stephen Kings novel ‘The Stand.’
What does the Master of literary horror, Stephen King have to say about it?
“I didn’t know anything about the remake until I read about it on the Internet,” he told his former employer, Entertainment Weekly
Still though he does have some thoughts about the upcoming project. Mr. King said, “it would be impossible to make it as a two hour movie” and made the suggestion that ‘it would likely be better as a trilogy.’
“Historically speaking, movie studios blow the budget on things like this, so maybe it’ll be fun to look at,” King said. “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!”
This is what the Horror master had to say about the casting. “no one will be able to top Gary Sinise, he was perfect.” said Mr. King of the iconic actor who played Stu Redman in the original miniseries.
As for his choice as runner-up for Stu, Mr. King suggested Jake Gyllenhaal. He also recommended Billy Bob Thornton would be ‘cool’ as the new Trashcan Man.
As for when the film will be hitting the big screen, this is what Mr. King had to say: “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.” He said making reference to a quote that one of the character’s in the novel makes regularly.
Here is a little sample of what the original mini series had to offer.