Steve Kloves & David Yates in Talks to Adapt THE STAND August 11, 2011 Writer and director to re-team for Stephen King adaptation. Hit Fix reports that ‘Harry Potter’ screenwriter Steve Kloves and director David Yates are in the process of finalizing a deal re-unite for a multi-movie version of Stephen King’s post-apocalyptic epic ‘The Stand.’ Consided King’s best work to date, ‘The Stand’ tells the “story of a full-scale apocalypse; a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides — or are chosen. A world in which good rides on the frail shoulders of the 108-year-old Mother Abigail — and the worst nightmares of evil are embodied in a man with a lethal smile and unspeakable powers: Randall Flagg, the dark man.” Originally published in 1978, the novel was rereleased in 1990 with the King having tweaked portions of the story. George Romero was working on an adaptation of post-apocalyptic epic in the 1980s with screenwriter Rospo Pallenberg (‘Excalibur”), but it never got off the ground. The novel was later made into a faithful but tone-downed mini-series starring Gary Sinise and Molly Ringwald. The screenplay for the mini-series was penned by King himself.