‘Harry Potter’ writer Steve Kloves and director David Yates reunite for Stephen King’s ‘The Stand’

Drew McWeeny:

David Yates and Steve Kloves did a lot of the heavy lifting as the director and screenwriter of the films, and they made a whoooooole lot of money for Warner Bros. in the process.

Little wonder, then, that Warner Bros. is in the process of finalizing the deals for David Yates and Steve Kloves to re-team for a multi-movie version of Stephen King’s epic “The Stand.”

This makes a lot of sense for a lot of reasons.  First, “The Stand” remains this tantalizing almost for a lot of fans of the book.  The Mick Garris version for television is a very faithful telling, but there’s something wild and terrifying about the book that television standards and practices just didn’t make room for, a scope to the world of the book that still hasn’t been captured.  Kloves is a smart writer and given two (or possibly even three) movies to tell the story, he can let it live and breathe, and hopefully nobody’s going to try to push this to a PG-13.  “The Stand,” as originally written, was dark and powerful and disturbing, and if you’re not going to go further than television has allowed in the past, there seems little reason to revisit the material.

The Stand remains the best thing Stephen King has ever written and as enjoyable as the television miniseries is, this thing cries out for a trilogy of movies.

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