In May, it was announced that Norwegian director André Øvredal would be adapting the dystopian Stephen King story The Long Walk for New Line Cinema.

The novel was originally published in 1979 under the pseudonym Richard Bachman.

Set in a future dystopian America, ruled by a totalitarian and militaristic dictator, the plot revolves around the contestants of a grueling, annual walking contest.

HN Entertainment’s very own Nicholas Whitcomb was able to speak with the director while chatting about his current release Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark about the current status on the Stephen King adaptation.

HN: Jumping over to a different project, a couple of months ago it was announced that you are adapting Stephen King’s The Long Walk. Can you talk about that film and where you are with it?

ØVREDAL: “I’ve been so busy trying to finish Scary Stories first, so we had to take a little breather on The Long Walk, but everyone’s very enthusiastic about shooting it as soon as we can. But also prepping it correctly, because even though it’s a very simple movie on paper, it’s just a bunch of boys walking and talking, it’s an intense, horrific scenario.”

“So, it’s a lot of work to get that right, and the casting process, which we haven’t started yet, will be a whole thing as well.”

We’ll have more from our chat with André Øvredal over the next couple of days.

Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark is currently playing in theaters and you can check out Nicholas’ review right here.

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