Director for Stephen King’s ‘The Long Walk’ Announced!

What a great time to be a Stephen King fan! It seems like we are getting updates and announcements almost daily about new adaptations of his stories. When we first reported the news that The Long Walk was going to be heading to the big screen with New Line, there was no word on a director. In a Deadline exclusive, the director of The Long Walk has finally been announced, and we are ecstatic about it! Let’s find out who it is!

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark director André Øvredal is set to direct New Line’s feature adaptation of Stephen King’s The Long Walk.

Stephen King's The Long Walk

The Long Walk is a #1 National bestseller written under Stephen King’s pseudonym Richard Bachman. It was originally released in July 1979, and then later released into one book called The Bachman Books (natch), along with three other Richard Bachman tales, including Rage, a story about an armed teenager taking his classroom hostage that Stephen King pulled from future printing due to its violent nature.


In the near future, when America has become a police state, one hundred boys are selected to enter an annual contest where the winner will be awarded whatever he wants for the rest of his life. Among them is sixteen-year-old Ray Garraty, and he knows the rules—keep a steady walking pace of four miles per hour without stopping. Three warnings and you’re out—permanently.

As reported by Deadline:

James Vanderbilt wrote the screenplay and is also producing with Bradley Fischer and William Sherak.

The Long Walk director André Øvredal
André Øvredal

Øvredal is the critically acclaimed, award-winning director of the mystery thriller The Autopsy of Jane Doe. His horror pic,Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, co-written and produced by Guillermo del Toro, opens August 9 from CBS Films.

The Long Walk is one of three King adaptations in the works at New Line. The others include Salem’s Lot and It: Chapter Two, the sequel to 2017’s $700.3 million global blockbuster It, which became the highest-grossing horror film of all time. It: Chapter Two opens September 6.

I am Stephen King’s number one fan, and even I can’t believe how many adaptations there are on the horizon, including Shudder’s Creepshow. The Outsider, The Stand and Salem’s Lot. I, of course, am going to tell you that the book is better. However, I do enjoy many of the film adaptations, whether on the big or small screen. Hopefully, we get more casting details soon for this one. I agree with New Line’s pick for director. How about you guys? Are you looking forward to all these Stephen King adaptations? Or are you tired of hearing about Stephen King? Drop a comment below and let us know! Be sure to stay tuned to PopHorror for all your news, reviews, interviews and much more!

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