Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars) is directing a feature length movie of Stephen King’s The Stand, which was previously adapted into a TV movie back in 1994. Boone has already confirmed that his take on the material will be a three-hour long R-rated feature film, with a cast of A-list actors.
While no cast details have actually been announced yet, Boone recently caught up with Collider to give a brief update on his film, which previously had directors like Ben Affleck, David Yates and Paul Greengrass attached to direct. Boone revealed once again that the plan is to make a three hour long movie for Warner Brothers, but he also now confirms that the script has been written, and that author Stephen King approves:
“I finished writing the script maybe a month ago. Stephen [King] absolutely loved it. It’s, I think, the first script ever approved by him.
[It’ll be] a single version movie of The Stand. Three hours. It hews very closely to the novel.
It was such an amazing process. I’m so familiar with [King’s] work and I’ve read so many of his books so many times over the years that it was just a really comfortable thing to be able to work with his material. He 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”
He then went on to discuss the huge amount of ideas that come with the story, and how he managed to focus on certain aspects:
“I just focused on the things that I felt strongly about, that I have strong memories about, that are evocative to me even when I read it now. You just have an internal interest meter. The Stand is about so many things — you could make ten to fifteen different movies and focus on a different aspect of it. I just focussed on the things that were more important to me and felt essential to me and were based in the characters”
When asked when shooting would begin on The Stand, Boone warned it was a long way off yet:
“It takes a long time to prep a film like that. Six to eight months. I don’t imagine we would shoot the movie until next Spring at the earliest. And we’re still early in the process. I’m still meeting actors and having budget meetings and all that”
It was also revealed last month that Matthew McConaughey was being eyed to play the role of the films villain, Randall Flagg.
“The Stand” chronicles an epic battle between good and evil after the American population is all but wiped out by a deadly virus. Story follows a group of survivors who fight against an Antichrist-like figure named Randall Flagg.
Originally published in 1978, “The Stand” achieved cult-like status by the time it was re-released in 1990 with additions and revisions by King. The influential novel was adapted as a star-studded TV miniseries in 1994 starring Gary Sinise, Molly Ringwald and Rob Lowe.
Synopsis for the TV movie:
When a government-run lab accidentally lets loose a deadly virus, most of the population of the world is wiped-out. Survivors begin having dreams about two figures: a mystical old woman, or a foreboding, scary man. As the story tracks various people, we begin to realize that the two figures exemplify basic forces of good and evil, and the stage is set for a final confrontation between the representatives of each.
While discussing The Stand with Collider, Boone also briefly spoke about a film he has been rumoured to be directing, an adaptation of Anne Rice’s The Vampire Chronicles: Lestat.
When asked if he would indeed be directing the film, Boone replied:
“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.”
He also went on to describe his own thoughts on what he believed the tale of Lestat to actually be:
“I would argue that [‘Lestat’s’] a romance film. If you look at ‘Interview with a Vampire,’ it’s about two people who are sort of in a toxic marriage for a century. You know what I mean? [‘Lestat’] really is still a character-driven story about a relationship.”
This should make for interesting viewing should he be given the job of director.