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After years of development hell, several studio and director changes along the way, the film adaptation of Stephen King’s The long way is finally taking shape. Lionsgate secured the rights late last year and has wasted absolutely no time in getting the project off the ground. Now we’ve learned that the studio has settled on a pair of actors to star in the film.

Cooper Hoffman (Liquorice pizza) and David Jonsson (Industry) are in talks to make headlines The long way. The InSneider was the first to report the news, which has since been confirmed by several other media outlets. Hoffman, the son of the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, does not have much work in the world yet, but is a big up-and-comer. He is set to play Dick Ebersol in the upcoming The SNL series 1975 Film, among other projects. As for Jonsson, He stars in this summer’s highly anticipated film Alien: RomulusHis other achievements include Murder is easy And Rye Trail.

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Cooper Hoffman in Liquorice pizza

King’s The long way was first published in 1979 and appeared under his alternate pseudonym Richard Bachman. Over the years, people like George A. Romero, André Øvredal and even Frank Darabont have tried – and failed – to bring the book to the screen. Last year we learned that Francis Lawrence, by The hunger Games Fame, was tapped by Lionsgate to direct the film. It looks like he will be the one to make it across the finish line. JT Mollner (Strange darling) wrote the screenplay. For those who may not know it, the synopsis of the novel is as follows:

“In the near future, when America has become a police state, one hundred boys are chosen to participate in an annual contest in which the winner will receive anything he wants for the rest of his life. The game is simple – maintain a steady walking pace of four miles per hour without stopping. Three warnings and you’re out – forever.”

There will be a whole lot of King films in the next few years. Elsewhere, the long-delayed Salem’s Lot The film is coming to the Max streaming service later this year. We also have the It Prequel series Welcome to Derry Max will also arrive in 2025. It was recently confirmed that Bill Skarsgard will reprise his role as Pennywise in the seriesOz Perkins is also set to make a film based on The monkeywhile the Duffer Brothers are also working on an adaptation of The Talisman. Not to mention Edgar Wright’s new interpretation of The running manSo it’s a good time to be a King fan.

The long way The film currently has no release date. For more information, visit Check out FANGORIA #99 from the archiveswith an interview with Stephen King himself.

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