New Line Cinema, the people who brought us It and will be bringing us Chapter Two, are doubling down on their investment in the stories of Stephen King being brought to film form. As apparently many in Hollywood are doing of late: see the coverage of It, It: Chapter Two, 1922, Gerald’s Game, Castle Rock, The Mist, and most recently The Tommyknockers and Pet Sematary.

The studio recently announced that James Vanderbilt (who helmed 2015's Truth with Cate Blanchett and Robert Redford) is working on adapting King's 1979 novel "The Long Walk", written by King under the pen name Richard Bachman, a name he used for roughly 5 years from 1977 to 1982. "The Long Walk" was published in 1979.

The story of "The Long Walk" itself is in the vein of horror with a backdrop of a bizarre and cruel social experiment – not unlike Shirley Jackson's powerful short story of the twisted underbelly of a small town in 1948's "The Lottery" (I highly recommend giving "The Lottery" a read by clicking here if you never have – it's short and well-worth your time), or even more recently The Purge movies.

"The Long Walk" is set in a dystopian future USA ruled by an authoritarian dictator, America holds a yearly contest where 100 teens must walk until only 1 is left standing. The narrative focuses on 16-year-old walker Raymond Garraty and the variety of other walkers (with a variety of moralities and motivations) in his circle.

Stay tuned to The 405 for more on this and the Era of King as we hear it.