André Øvredal’s career seems to be picking up speed by the day.
The Norwegian director had a quiet hit with Trollhunter back in 2010, and it was six years before he had another big release with The Autopsy of Jane Doe. That film caught the attention of Guillermo del Toro and the two teamed up for this year’s highly anticipated adaptation of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.
It also put him on Stephen King’s radar who tweeted:
THE AUTOPSY OF JANE DOE: Visceral horror to rival ALIEN and early Cronenberg. Watch it, but not alone.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) January 11, 2017
Now it seems that Øvredal, a lifelong fan of King’s, will be stepping into to direct an adaptation of King’s dystopian novel The Long Walk.
The Long Walk was originally published under King’s pseudonym Richard Bachmann in 1979. It tells the story of a not-too-distant future where once a year 100 boys join a walking contest. All they have to do is maintain a speed of four miles per hour, and the boy who walks the farthest wins a lifetime of luxury.
Sounds simple, right?
There’s this one catch, though. If you drop below four miles per hour, you get a warning. If you get four warnings, you will be shot and killed, no questions asked.
King’s novel, an obvious forebear of novels like The Hunger Games, has been hailed by the American Library Association as one of the 100 Best Books for Teenage Boys.
Øvredal will direct the film for New Line Cinema based on a script by James Vanderbilt (Zodiac) who will also serve as a producer on the project according to Deadline.
There is no word yet on casting information, but iHorror will keep you posted as that information becomes available.