Stephen King weighs in on who should star in The Stand remake

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Dec 14, 2012

You'd think Stephen King would have heard that his epic novel The Stand was going to be adapted for the big screen before the rest of us did, But you'd be wrong.

When Entertainment Weekly, for whom King had been a longtime columnist, asked what the writer thought about The Stand, which has already been adapted as a TV miniseries and a Marvel comic, making it to the big screen, he admitted that "I didn't know anything about the remake until I read about it on the Internet."

He also said that any adaptation would definitely NOT work as a single film, adding that even THREE might not be enough to convey the massive storyline: "You absolutely can't make it as a two-hour movie. If it was a trilogy of films ... maybe."

The other problem with the production? Casting. King feels that there's no actor who could do better than the original miniseries lead.

"No one will be able to top Gary Sinise, who played Stu Redman in the original ABC miniseries," said King. "He was perfect. When he says 'You don't know nothing' to the soldiers who are putting him under mandatory quarantine, you believe his contempt completely."

As for who King does want in the role—"My runner-up pick would be Jake Gyllenhaal."

Do you agree? If not, who SHOULD get to portray Stu Redman?