Directing three Stephen King movies (four, if you count an early short film) wasn’t enough for Frank Darabont. Perhaps cinema’s biggest fan of the horror author, the Mist writer/director has plans for another Stephen King movie. This one, written under King’s pseudonym Richard Bachman, is the sci-fi tale The Long Walk.
The story tells of a futuristic foot race where competitors are shot when they stop walking. The last man walking wins. A movie constantly on the go is the next hurdle Darabont faces.
“Certainly you can’t get too handheld with it because then you’d have an image bouncing for the length of a feature film,” said Darabont. “I think there’s got to be some stabilizing gizmos that I can use to get some of that coverage but I’m already thinking about that.”
Darabont distinguished between his styles for The Mist and his previous films. Where he spent time carefully planning on The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile, he took a fast and furious approach to The Mist. That style would also be appropriate for The Long Walk.
“That would also be, I think, probably the more ragged and loose and documentary kind of feel. It would probably be an even lower budget than this one was.”
With Fahrenheit 451 set to be Darabont’s next project, The Long Walk could still be a long way off. “That right now is still in the future. That’s on one of the back burners for now. It probably won’t be too long but before I do that, I’m hoping to get Fahrenheit 451 rolling next year.”