While the two-film adaptation of Stephen King’s “It” may be dead, the long-gestating adaptation of another classic King work has undergone a metamorphosis into something grander.
At last report, “The Fault In Our Stars” writer-director Josh Boone was at work on a three-hour film adaptation of King’s magnum opus “The Stand”. The story follows an epic battle between good and evil after the American population is all but wiped out by a deadly virus, with the narrative focusing on group of survivors who fight against an Antichrist-like figure named Randall Flagg.
Today, The Wrap reports that Warner Bros. Pictures, CBS Films and Boone are all in talks to develop and produce an eight-part TV mini-series adaptation of the work IN ADDITION TO the upcoming film.
The group is reportedly in talks with cable channel Showtime to mount this mini-series which will culminate in the big-budget feature film. Boone will write and direct the miniseries which, along with the movie, is expected to start shooting early next year as one cohesive production.
The upside of this fairly groundbreaking approach is that it allows Boone to cover more of King’s epic book than a single film ever could. King is expected to be involved in some capacity along with producers Roy Lee and Jimmy Miller.
High-level meetings are reportedly taking place next week to lock down last details of the ambitious multi-platform plan.