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David Yates Taking The Stand
With Steve Kloves writing the script...

11 August 2011  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Hitfix

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David Yates Taking The Stand

While Universal might have decided it can’t quite find enough change down the back of the sofa to fund Ron Howard’s take on Stephen King’s Dark Tower series, Warners seems to have no such qualms. Having partnered up with CBS films to nab the rights to King’s epic, post-apocalyptic tale The Stand, the studio has now retained the services of Harry Potter stalwarts Steve Kloves and David Yates to write and direct a likely multi-film version of the story.

HitFix reports that the pair is now locking in deals to tackle the book, which sees a virus kill off 99% of the world’s population. A group of the remaining survivors must then deal not just with their shattered existence but another bunch of post-viral types led by the evil Randall Flagg.

While there have been attempts to get the story on to the big screen before (with the likes of George Romero labouring fruitlessly to make it work), The Stand was turned into a miniseries by US TV network ABC in 1994.

Yates had previously dropped mentions that he was interested in taking on the challenge when he was promoting the most recent Harry Potter and he’s certainly proved he can handle such a difficult gig. With Kloves also aboard, it looks like this one could actually see the light of day…


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RE: David Yates Taking The Stand
Sounds interesting.  Might watch this. More

Posted by princessa at 15:51 on 14 August 2011 | Report This Post

RE: David Yates Taking The Stand
I always thought that the stories to order of the phoenix and half blood prince were a bit naff so when thinking of Yates as a director I was like "he's no good" but re-watching all the films they're actually really well directed. I'm looking forward to seeing his next project, i'd rather it would have been an adaptation of the Fables comic book series but I'm interested in how he tackles horror with The Stand. More

Posted by BatFan at 22:57 on 12 August 2011 | Report This Post

RE: David Yates Taking The Stand
L: Tech_Noir L: matty_b So basically none of the ones that Yates did?  hat I meant was II gave the series a chance, 3,5 movies is nearly 7 hours of my time. ut none of them were directed by David Yates, and he's the one you're criticising. More

Posted by doubtlesswonder at 22:50 on 12 August 2011 | Report This Post

RE: David Yates Taking The Stand
Agreed. Having seen them all, the more I think about it, the better Yates seems suited to the job. More

Posted by UTB at 12:08 on 12 August 2011 | Report This Post

RE: David Yates Taking The Stand
That's fair enough, the first two are enough to make anyone give up on the series as a whole.. But the jump in quality between the first two and the ones that Yates did is huge, however. More

Posted by matty_b at 11:53 on 12 August 2011 | Report This Post

RE: David Yates Taking The Stand
L: matty_b So basically none of the ones that Yates did?  hat I meant was II gave the series a chance, 3,5 movies is nearly 7 hours of my time. More

Posted by Tech_Noir at 11:46 on 12 August 2011 | Report This Post

RE: David Yates Taking The Stand
So basically none of the ones that Yates did?  More

Posted by matty_b at 11:08 on 12 August 2011 | Report This Post

RE: David Yates Taking The Stand
L: matty_b It's the usual anti-Harry Potter snobbery from those who have probably haven't even watched any of them. ey I watched the first three and half of the fourth. More

Posted by Tech_Noir at 10:58 on 12 August 2011 | Report This Post

RE: David Yates Taking The Stand
It's the usual anti-Harry Potter snobbery from those who have probably haven't even watched any of them. More

Posted by matty_b at 10:10 on 12 August 2011 | Report This Post

RE: David Yates Taking The Stand
L: Tech_Noir Come on, they're getting a friggin' Harry Potter director for Stephen King's The Stand? oked at the guy's filmography and there's nothing there that even hints he's the right choiceuote] What, not even the many brilliant, serious, weighty dramas he's made? Dunno how much of his TV work you've seen but I'd suggest watching the likes of State Of Play, The Sins, The Young Visitors and Sex Traffic before judging him - I'd choose a director who can handle difficult, adult mat More

Posted by horribleives at 23:43 on 11 August 2011 | Report This Post

RE: David Yates Taking The Stand
L: Tech_Noir Just looked at the guy's filmography and there's nothing there that even hints he's the right choice. ot even the book adaptation angle? More

Posted by UTB at 21:13 on 11 August 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Could work but...
This might work as a two part film loved the 1994 mini series. Off topic does any one know about the IT remake which is going on?. More

Posted by NCC1701A at 14:20 on 11 August 2011 | Report This Post

Could work but...
There seem to have been a few 'wannnabe' Stands already, post apocalyplse is no longer something new (The Road, Walking Dead, Falling Skies, etc.) but done well with the right cast with the right chemistry it could be the best of the lot. For some reason I think @wilw should be a part of that crew... More

Posted by Simon124 at 11:45 on 11 August 2011 | Report This Post

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Nothing wrong with a bit of King!t this will work as a movie though. It's meant to be a trilogy but even so I think a mini series would suit it better. Big budget, serious talent behind it etc. More

Posted by The REAL Bozz at 10:31 on 11 August 2011 | Report This Post

Dunno. The guy did the TV version of State of Play before doing HP. He might be OK for it. Besides, it's frikkin' Stephen King we're talking about here. It's hardly high art... More

Posted by artilleryman at 09:41 on 11 August 2011 | Report This Post

RE: David Yates Taking The Stand
Come on, they're getting a friggin' Harry Potter director for Stephen King's The Stand? Just looked at the guy's filmography and there's nothing there that even hints he's the right choice. I still don't think The Stand would work as a feature film, perhaps another mini-series would work More

Posted by Tech_Noir at 09:27 on 11 August 2011 | Report This Post

From the writer of the Harry Potter films?
Those films were watchable as films, but terrible adaptations of books. The writer didn't know what to take out and what to leave in, and they just came across like he was ticking the boxes on each one. I won't be looking forward to him dealing with a book like The Stand. I'll stick with the TV series. More

Posted by the ageless stranger at 09:17 on 11 August 2011 | Report This Post

Very cool, but any and all excitement i have (as it's one of my favourite books) will instantly die the moment they announce it's going to be one film. More

Posted by clarkkent at 08:36 on 11 August 2011 | Report This Post


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