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Re: Edgar Wright to helm Stephen King's The Running Man.
« Reply #1 on: 19 February, 2021, 11:48:05 PM »
Interesting. Good book that loses its way in the final third with a few improbable character choices.

Best of 'The Bachman Books' was 'The Long Walk' which has seemingly been optioned by Frank Darabont.

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Re: Edgar Wright to helm Stephen King's The Running Man.
« Reply #2 on: 20 February, 2021, 12:49:36 AM »
The Running Man was the only Bachman book I read and one of the few King novels in all. Buttonman has the right of it. Starts out strong only to meandre to the finish.

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Re: Edgar Wright to helm Stephen King's The Running Man.
« Reply #3 on: 20 February, 2021, 09:50:18 AM »
Starts out strong only to meandre to the finish.

Pretty standard for King. Man has some great ideas but often seems to fluff the endings imo.

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Re: Edgar Wright to helm Stephen King's The Running Man.
« Reply #4 on: 22 February, 2021, 03:00:05 PM »
Interesting. Good book that loses its way in the final third with a few improbable character choices.

Best of 'The Bachman Books' was 'The Long Walk' which has seemingly been optioned by Frank Darabont.

I read The Long Walk recently, for the first time since I was about 12.  It holds up pretty well, and actually has a decent ending.  Also, I remembered all the participants being adult men, given that I was only a kid at the time, but found that they were all about 16, which makes it all the more horrible.
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Re: Edgar Wright to helm Stephen King's The Running Man.
« Reply #5 on: 22 February, 2021, 08:50:15 PM »
Wright is one of my "I'll watch anything he's involved with" folk. Doesn't get it perfect every time, but it always tickles me at least enough to justify the watch.

King is exactly the same for me, but in book form.

So I'm looking forward to this.


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Re: Edgar Wright to helm Stephen King's The Running Man.
« Reply #6 on: 24 February, 2021, 12:02:34 AM »
The Long Walk sticks in my memory, decades after I read it.
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Re: Edgar Wright to helm Stephen King's The Running Man.
« Reply #7 on: 24 February, 2021, 05:23:45 PM »
I hope that, despite being a more truthful and considered adaptation of the book, this still has the line "Here is Subzero, now... plain zero" in it.
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Re: Edgar Wright to helm Stephen King's The Running Man.
« Reply #8 on: 25 February, 2021, 11:34:12 AM »
I never understood the love for Arnie's RUNNING MAN movie. The show host is great (now since dated) but everything else in it seemed cheap and badly stuck together.
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Re: Edgar Wright to helm Stephen King's The Running Man.
« Reply #9 on: 25 February, 2021, 11:47:48 AM »
I never understood the love for Arnie's RUNNING MAN movie. The show host is great (now since dated) but everything else in it seemed cheap and badly stuck together.

That's the reason to love it right there. Objectively it's a bad film, with rubbish sets, some really rubbish acting and a weak plot to boot but it all combines into a glorious mess.

As a teenager I loved it: Arnie battling gimmicked supervillains on a gameshow, some mild Robocop-esque satire and a vague plot about revolution thrown in - ace! It's the sort of thing that could have conceivably appeared in the Prog. My brothers and I used to invent our own stalkers and run RPGs using them.

Watching as an adult it's obvious flaws don't impact the sheer craziness of it.
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