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.