Stephen King's "Storm of the Century" is the best horror movie ever made in which a storm plays a central, even vital, part. Of course, "Storm of the Century" was not just a movie, but a miniseries. Hollywood has looked to British miniseries as a means of slicing apart brilliance to create a film that can fit into a two hour running slot. After what Hollywood did with "State of Play" in its truncated version, I should not be suggesting that the extended format is a good choice for Hollywood remakes, but "Storm of the Century" offers some elements that make it more worthwhile.
For one thing, much of the three-part miniseries could be affordably excluded from consideration. By focusing on the central plot and the truly awesome themes at work in the presentation, a big screen adaptation could easily come in somewhere between 120 and 140 minutes.
"Storm of the Century" aired way back in the 20th century. Admittedly, right near the end of the 20th century. And it remains one of the few Stephen King movies that gets the ending perfectly right. Everything leading up to that moment is right as well. So why a big screen remake? What could make such a thing necessary?
Because the theme of what you would do in the situation in which the main character-played to brilliance by Timothy Daly-finds himself is worth at least two or three attempts. . Don't want to get that situation away in case you haven't seen "Storm of the Century" but trust me: it's a metaphysical doozy! Another reason that "Storm of the Century" would be a good candidate for the big screen is to allow some feature film maker the chance to make up for the really awful decision to try a small screen version of "The Shining." Stanley Kubrick did it perfectly and television's hubris is still not quite understandable.
A big screen version of "Storm of the Century" would allow for more graphic effects of the storm that brings you right into the coldness of the coincident arrival of the demonic Andre Linoge. The big screen could do what the small screen could not do, which is make the storm of the title much more palpably part of the story.
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