Earlier this year came word that filmmaker Josh Boone was putting aside his plans to direct an adaptation of Stephen King’s magnum opus “The Stand”. Instead, Boone would tackle a different King adaptation, “Revival,” which has Michael De Luca attached to produce.
The 2014 novel follows a preacher who loses his faith when his wife and child are killed in an accident. He soon becomes obsessed in his experimentation into the healing power of electrical current, positioning him to act as God-like faith healer. Intertwined with the preacher is a young man with demons of his own, who has benefited from the preacher’s talents.
Samuel L. Jackson was previously linked to the role of the preacher, but Boone tells Creative Screenwriting this week that actor Russell Crowe is the one attached to star at this point:
“I have a good relationship with Stephen King, so when I wanted to adapt his novel ‘Revival’ I really just went and asked him. I was able to write it in a very pleasant bubble and we attached Russell Crowe.
I wrote Revival [the script adaptation] in a bubble in a month, did a rewrite a few months later that took two weeks, and haven’t touched it since. We just went and put the money and cast together.”
Boone is expected to go into production on the film once he wraps work on Fox’s “X-Men” spin-off “New Mutants” which shoots next Summer.