Whenever Øvredal and New Line Cinema figure out when The Long Walk can happen, it has the potential to be a big hit. The premise of a deadly competition revolving around teenage boys could be compared to The Maze Runner meets The Hunger Games. Both of those book adaptations became successful movie franchises that furthered the careers of their main stars.
It was previously announced in 2019 that Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark director André Øvredal will direct The Long Walk, but there haven’t been any updates on the film since. During a recent interview with ComingSoon, Øvredal was asked about the status of his upcoming Stephen King movie adaptation. The director couldn’t provide too many details about the status of the movie, especially given the state of the coronavirus pandemic. But, he did share that “it’s alive and well and moving along.”
The Long Walk is a standalone story for King, so the movie might not have clear franchise potential, but it could feature a collection of rising actors. Hopefully the project continues moving forward so Raymond Davis Garraty and the rest of the characters from the book can be cast soon.