At the beginning of Stephen King’s career, the general view among publishers was that an author was limited to one book per year, since publishing more would be unacceptable to the public. King therefore started to write more under the pen name of Richard Bachman. These became known as The Bachman Books. One of these was The Running Man, and another is The Long Walk.

While he was doing promotion for The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, director Francis Lawrence confirmed that he’s now attached to the long-in-the-works adaption of this novel. In an interview with Insider, the director said it is one of several projects on his slate, including the Constantine sequel, the I Am Legend sequel, and BioShock.


In a dystopian America, a major source of entertainment is the Long Walk, in which 100 teenage boys walk without rest along U.S. Route 1. Each Walker must stay above four miles per hour. If a Walker drops below this speed for 30 seconds, he gets a warning. A Walker can lose a warning if he walks for an hour without getting another warning. If a Walker gets three warnings and continues to lag behind for 30 seconds, he is shot dead by soldiers. The last surviving Walker earns a large sum of money and a “Prize” of his choice.

The story follows a sixteen-year-old walker named Raymond Garraty and his fellow teens on the long walk. Some are good, some are bad, some are mysterious, and all want to win.

James Vanderbilt (White House Down, The Amazing Spider-Man) was set to pen the script and produce.

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