David Yates did a lot of small-screen work before tackling the Harry Potter franchise, but after directing the last four movies in the hit series, including Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallow Part 2 (in theaters tomorrow), it looks like you really can't go home again. According to Vulture, Warner Bros. has just offered Yates another epic franchise based on a beloved genre tome: Stephen King's The Stand.
The Stand had previously been adapted into a television mini-series by frequent Stephen King collaborator Mick Garris, and despite being eleventy billion hours long (give-or-take), Garris was unable to accommodate the novel's legions of fans and, despite favorable reviews and high ratings, failed to include every last little detail of King's story of a biblical apocalypse. Apparently Yates is flying into town, rereading the novel, and will decide in the next two weeks whether The Stand will be his next project. If so, he'll be signing on to do a whole trilogy of movies in an attempt to do King's work justice. You'd have to admire his work ethic.
With Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 breaking box office records before it's even in theaters, it's safe to say that Yates has his pick of just about any project in Hollywood right about now. Whatever he does, it's likely to be whatever the hell he wants to do. But since he's apparently seriously considering The Stand, we're willing to get a little excited about the idea.
Time to start dreamcasting, folks!
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