Josh Boone On Prepping “The Stand,” “Lestat”

Ahead of the Blu-ray release of “The Fault in Our Stars,” the film’s director Josh Boone spoke with Collider about another film adaptation of a famous book he’s working on – Stephen King’s “The Stand”.

Boone confirms he finished writing the script a month ago and that he thinks this is the first script ever “approved” by King himself. He confirms it will be a single, three-hour film that will hew “very closely” to the novel:

“He [King] gives you so much great material to work with. There’s an abundance of it. So it’s not a book where you have to generate new material and make it work for a movie. He writes so cinematically and his characters are so sharply drawn. You don’t have to change much. [You use] a lot of structural things to condense a thousand pages into a three-hour movie but it’s still at heart his material. I just made it work within the confines of what a single film can be.”

Boone says it will take at least six to eight months to prep the film with shooting not likely to begin until next Spring at the earliest. Meetings with actors and regarding budgets are still very much in full swing.

Boone was also asked about the film adaptation of Anne Rice’s “The Vampire Chronicles” to which he has been linked. He says:

“I’m still in the process… Really I haven’t even officially been hired yet. I’m still in the process of trying to get hired. I’m always surprised when those things leak online. But I love it and I want to do it. I’m just in the developmental stage where I’m still kicking the project around.”