Stephen King Shares Thoughts on 'Stand' Casting

As The Hollywood Reporter broke exclusively Monday, Warner Bros. and CBS Films are teaming for a film adaptation of Stephen King's grand opus "The Stand."

Want to know what King himself thinks of the idea?

"I didn't know anything about the remake until I read about it on the Internet," he told his former employer, Entertainment Weekly (King was a columnist for the magazine until recently).

Still, he has some thoughts about it. The author said it would be impossible to make it as a two-hour movie and suggested it would likely be better as a trilogy.

"Historically speaking, movie studios blow the budget on things like this, so maybe it'll be fun to look at," King said. "The dough certainly isn't going to me, although if it is a trilogy, and if it makes a lot of money, I might be able to buy a chicken dinner at Popeye's. Great slaw!"

As for casting, he argued that "no one will be able to top Gary Sinise," who played central character Stu Redman in the 1994 ABC miniseries.

"He was perfect," King said, although he suggested Jake Gyllenhaal as his "runner-up pick." He added that Billy Bob Thornton would be "cool" as the Trashcan Man.

King also predicted that Molly Ringwald won't be reprising her character from the mini. Nor would she be playing the Trashcan Man, he quipped.

The horror maestro -- a noted music junkie who sprinkles his books with lots of song references -- also urged filmmakers include "a lot of heavy-metal for the soundtrack."

As for when he expects a film might hit theaters? King referenced a quote that "Stand" readers will recognize: "M-O-O-N, that spells 'you probably won't see this anytime soon.' And when you do, Woody Allen won't be directing it. Or Molly Ringwald."

The Hollywood Reporter