It really seemed like the new version of Stephen King’s The Stand, which was already quite well adapted into a George Romero-directed mini-series but suffered from the usual budget limitations of TV – was going to get under way. However….it’s stalled yet again. It seems that director Josh Boone has opted to push back his version of the novel and instead work on a different adaptation of a King book. Why this is so hasn’t yet been confirmed though it seems that Warner Bros’ option on the film has run out and reverted back to CBS films, so now some new negotiations have to take place to determine if the film will stay with Warner Bros or got to another studio, so that is probably a major contributing factor.
In the meantime, Boone is working in conjunction with King and producer Michael De Lui on a script for King’s 2014 novel The Revival. Here’s how Deadline describes the novel:
“The Revival” is about a charismatic preacher who loses his faith when his wife and child are killed in a tragic accident. Unhinged from the religion that grounded and gave him a conscience, the preacher becomes ruthless in his experimentation into the healing but dangerous power of electrical current, positioning him to act as God-like faith healer and opening a terrifying Pandora’s Box. Intertwined with the preacher is a young man with demons of his own, who has benefited from the preacher’s talents and becomes a reluctant accomplice to his deadly obsession.
Sounds good, if fairly typical King stuff, though its 50 year time span may not be too easy to pull off. Boone hopes to have this film made within the year, so it’ll serve as a good warm-up act for his return to The Stand once that production gets back on track.