Warner Brothers adaptation of Stephen King’s The Stand has been a mess, and just last November we reported on how there was no clear vision for the film. In November a report stated how the third director to leave was Out of the Furnace director Scott Cooper, and he left over “creative differences”.
Back then it was said that no one had a clear idea of how many films the adaptation would be, or indeed just how big this new adaptation would be in terms of the actual size of the film. Coper had a clear vision of what he wanted to do, but he and Warners couldn’t work it out to find a happy medium. Something which has become an ongoing problem.
Both Ben Affleck and Harry Potter director David Yates had been previously attached, and both left over struggling to find a way to develop the book into a film. Then just after Cooper left, there was talk of Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Ultimatum, Captain Phillips) coming onboard to try and sort out the problems. He was said to be top of Warners wishlist to direct.
Now, finally, a director is close to making a deal with Warners to both write and direct the massive project. The Wrap reports that Josh Boone (Stuck in Love, The Fault in Our Stars) is in final negotiations to write and direct The Stand, and he intends to develop the book into one R-Rated movie that will be faithful to the book.
“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.