Stephen King Not Involved In "The Stand"

By Garth Franklin Friday February 4th 2011 03:19AM

Author Stephen King has revealed in his latest column for Entertainment Weekly that he "didn't know anything about the remake until I read about it on the Internet" in regards to the news this week of a film adaptation of his classic 1978 novel "The Stand".

The quote is part of a list of ten things King had to say about the adaptation, the other most notable item being that he believes "You absolutely can't make it as a two-hour movie. If it was a trilogy of films…maybe."

He hints that he certainly doesn't get any financial rewards from the film(s) - "This time people will probably say, "The miniseries was lots better" but …historically speaking, movie studios blow the budget on things like this, so maybe it'll be fun to look at. The dough certainly isn't going to me, although if it is a trilogy, and if it makes a lot of money, I might be able to buy a chicken dinner at Popeye's."

King believes no one will be able to top Gary Sinise in the ABC mini-series, though his runner-up pick would be Jake Gyllenhaal for the role of Stu. For the full list, click here.