The Long walk movie

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Machine's Way

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So this is interesting news. Everyone always knew that Frank D. Had the rights but as per this article he let them lapse and now its possibly going to be made.
I absolutely love this story, one of my top 5. I am happy and nervous about this at the same time. Lets hope it gets the justice it deserves. Already with the "Hunger games" references, guess we cant avoid that although it was written in 1979.

Stephen King's The Long Walk Movie Now In Development At New Line
 
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For some reason, I kept mis-remembering "The Long Walk" as "The Jaunt" and was sort of nervous that they'd ruin one of his creepiest stories. I haven't read the Bachman stories so I'm back on board looking forward to this one now.
You MUST read the Bachman stuff. Some of his best work imho.

The Long Walk was the first Bachman story I read, and after many re-reads is still as powerful as the first time I read it. I cannot see a film doing justice to the story, as much as I cannot see the story lending itself well to the big screen.

I fear they will ruin The Long Walk by adapting it to film as it will need much padding out to keep audiences interested, just like what the film adaptation of The Running Man did.
 
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I'll have to delve into the Bachman books. As a child of the '80s, I really liked The Running Man film but I also recognize that doesn't necessarily make it a decent adaptation. I liked Total Recall too and it was pretty different from the source material (which I also read after seeing the movie). It's funny because changes to the concepts and ideas of the original are the things that are making me hesitant to watch The Dark Tower or the HBO version of Fahrenheit 451.
 

osnafrank

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I'll have to delve into the Bachman books. As a child of the '80s, I really liked The Running Man film but I also recognize that doesn't necessarily make it a decent adaptation. I liked Total Recall too and it was pretty different from the source material (which I also read after seeing the movie). It's funny because changes to the concepts and ideas of the original are the things that are making me hesitant to watch The Dark Tower or the HBO version of Fahrenheit 451.

While reading "Running Man" i compared to the Movie. Stopped comparing after 50 Sites, because there is nothing to compare but the Names
Thje adaption is off the mark
 

Coolallosaurus

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You MUST read the Bachman stuff. Some of his best work imho.

The Long Walk was the first Bachman story I read, and after many re-reads is still as powerful as the first time I read it. I cannot see a film doing justice to the story, as much as I cannot see the story lending itself well to the big screen.

I fear they will ruin The Long Walk by adapting it to film as it will need much padding out to keep audiences interested, just like what the film adaptation of The Running Man did.
Totally agree with your thoughts about the adaptation! When I read the article about it being film I was pretty surprised. The novel feels like it would be hard to adapt for a wide audience given that a large chunk is just Garraty's thoughts and the rest is dialogue-driven/based in interactions between the boys. In the right hands it could be a fantastic film that both honors the source material while doing something original (kind of like Stand by Me), but given the current trend in cookie-cutter dystopic teen action films (peppered with the obligatory love triangle), I am not sure. Here's holding out hope I will be totally wrong and the film will be great!
 

Coolallosaurus

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General question for the people here that are Bachman fans: I will be teaching a Stephen King class and am planning to incorporate Bachman into the class. If you had to vote for a must-read Bachman, would you all agree The Long Walk is a must read for understanding SK as an author? Any votes for a different Bachman? I am trying to decide between having the students read The Long Walk in full or just having them read about the Bachman books (including Rage) and SK's use of a pseudonym.
 

Doc Creed

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General question for the people here that are Bachman fans: I will be teaching a Stephen King class and am planning to incorporate Bachman into the class. If you had to vote for a must-read Bachman, would you all agree The Long Walk is a must read for understanding SK as an author? Any votes for a different Bachman? I am trying to decide between having the students read The Long Walk in full or just having them read about the Bachman books (including Rage) and SK's use of a pseudonym.
My vote would be for The Long Walk. Even before Carrie was published friends and peers read it (TLW) and saw the raw talent that King would explore for years to come.
 
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General question for the people here that are Bachman fans: I will be teaching a Stephen King class and am planning to incorporate Bachman into the class. If you had to vote for a must-read Bachman, would you all agree The Long Walk is a must read for understanding SK as an author? Any votes for a different Bachman? I am trying to decide between having the students read The Long Walk in full or just having them read about the Bachman books (including Rage) and SK's use of a pseudonym.
My favorite from that collection is Road Works. The story is so sad and deals with how hard it can be to let memories go.My all time favorite Bachman is Blaze. Thr perfect homage to Steinbeck.
 
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