David Yates Taking The Stand ?

It was reported earlier this year that Warner Bros. is planning a massive adaptation of the 1974 Stephen King novel The Stand. Now, HitFix says that the studio has a creative team in mind and that negotiations are underway to bring aboard David Yates as director and Steve Kloves as screenwriter.

Previously adapted as a television miniseries in 1994, “The Stand” tells the story of a full-scale apocalypse, driven by the accidental release of a biological weapon and the ensuing struggle of good versus evil carried out by the world’s final survivors.

Yates and Kloves, who previously collaborated on the final three Harry Potter films for the studio, would plan to bring The Stand to life as multiple films. The original version of the book is, after all, famously massive, checking in at 823 (for the 1978 edition) pages and 1,141 in a “complete and uncut” edition released in 1990.

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