King’s “The Stand” Becomes Four Films

Since the upcoming film adaptation of Stephen King’s epic novel “The Stand” was announced several years ago, there has been a lot of confusion regarding how many films it will take to adapt the 1152-page book.

“The Fault in Our Stars” director Josh Boone has been attached to write and direct for some time so he has been asked the question in various interviews. Up until now he had indicated that the studio was only targeting a one or two-part film adaptation.

However, in a new interview with Kevin Smith’s Hollywood Babble-On podcast, he clarified that the actual film count will be higher. In fact, the adaptation will now reportedly span four movies. Here he explains the expansion and how the project is a bit further along than you may expect with some of the cast already in place:

“I really wanted to do an A-list actor, really grounded, credible version of the movie. I sold them on that and they hired me… I sold them on a single, three hour movie.

I went and got [Stephen] King sold on it, everybody’s really excited… I told the story non-linear and that was the way I was able to compress that book and get everything into that script. You open with Mother Abigail dying and sending the guys off, and then you jump back in time.

So what happened is the script gets finished, I write it in like five months, everybody loves it, (Stephen) King loves it, $87 million is what it was budgeted at, really expensive for a horror drama that doesn’t have set pieces.

They came back and said ‘would you do it as multiple films?’ and I said ‘f–k yes!’ I loved my script, and I was willing to drop it in an instant because you’re able to do an even truer version that way. So I think we are going to do like four movies. I can’t tell you anything about how we’re going to do them, or what’s going to be in which movie.

I’ll just say we are going to do four movies, and we’re going to do The Stand at the highest level you can do it at, with a cast that’s going to blow people’s minds. We’ve already been talking to lots of people, and have people on board in certain roles that people don’t know about. We’re looking to go into production next year, maybe in the spring.”

Boone didn’t talk about the rumor in August that Matthew McConaughey is being eyed to play the villain of the film – Randall Flagg.