Director talks Stephen King adaptation

The Long Walk, an early, intriguing work by the Master of Horror, is on its way to the big screen — with a sure hand at the helm.

Director André Øvredal, who directed the excellent horror features Trollhunter and The Autopsy of Jane Doe, recently sat down with Rue Morgue to discuss his take on the story. Øvredal sees the work as a kind of twisted metaphor for life — which, considering its plot and setting, could be seen as a pretty bleak outlook.

The Long Walk was first published in 1979 under King’s pseudonym Richard Bachman, and was collected with other novels published under that name in the 1985 collection The Bachman Books. It takes place in a dystopian version of the U.S. at an undetermined point in the future, where young men of age can enter the titular contest, with the grand prize being literally anything their hearts desire. The rules of the contest: participants must walk south, along a lonely stretch of highway, from the border of Maine and Canada. At…

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