Drew McWeeny over at HitFix has broken some pretty major news: Warner Bros is about to sign David Yates and Steve Kloves to their adaptation of The Stand. Kloves, of course, adapted just about every single Harry Potter novel and Yates directed the last four films - the last of which is now the third highest grossing movie in history. Already!
Now the two will be adapting Stephen King’s epic of a plague-fueled apocalypse, which has previously been adapted as a TV miniseries. The fact that these guys so successfully split Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows into two parts makes me think that Warner Bros is going to let them make a two-parter The Stand, which is the only way to really adapt the beast. That’s not based on any information or rational thought, just simply my hope and belief that nobody wants a three hour, one movie version.
And it has to be R, right? While these guys have made all the money in the world on PG and PG-13 movies, The Stand is R-rated material. I feel (again, this is just me feeling) that Yates and Kloves have earned the right to do this movie their own way. Warner Bros seems to be a studio happy to reward filmmakers with projects (see Nolan and Inception).
I’m excited for this. Now to see if it takes off…