Out doing promotional rounds for his new film adaptation of the beloved novel “The Fault in Our Stars”, director Josh Boone spoke about another high profile adaptation he currently has in the works – Stephen King’s magnum opus “The Stand”.
King’s 1152-page book charts a battle between good and evil after America is decimated by a deadly pandemic that wipes out most of the country’s population.
Numerous directors from Ben Affleck to Scott Cooper were linked with the project and opted out, mostly because adapting the property into one film is generally seen as basically impossible.
Boone however plans to give it a go, revealing that his take on the material will be three-hour R-rated adaptation with a big cast. Boone is also a gushing King fan, telling Vulture:
“We’re gonna do one three-hour, R-rated version with an amazing A-list cast across the board. Every single one of those characters will be somebody you recognize and somebody you relate to. And it’s gonna be awesome. I’m really excited. It’s the most exciting thing I’ve ever got to do in my entire life.
If 12-year-old me had ever known that one day I’d be doing this, to even just go back and look at that kid, I’d be like, Keep doing what you’re doing! It’s just crazy. I’ve met so many actors over the years, and like, when I met Stephen King, I hugged him with tears in my eyes. He meant that much to me when I was young.
I still say everything I learned about writing I learned from Stephen King. I don’t read screenplays. I don’t read screenplay how-to books. It’s always just, establish the character. Establish the character.”
The property was previously adapted into a six-hour mini-series and even that missed out on some key elements. A three-hour film will have to cut out some major characters and subplots.