Josh Boone, director of The Fault in Our Stars, has been attached to Warner Brothers’ new adaptation of Stephen King’s The Stand for some time now, and initially the plan was to make three movies.
Back in September Boone confirmed that the script was finished, and that King himself was happy with it. He also confirmed that the film would be three hours long, would be very close to King’s novel, and that no cast had been found yet.
Things have changed rapidly, and now Boone has told Kevin Smith’s Hollywood Babble-On podcast that Warners have now approved not a three hour film, but FOUR feature films. Boone also teases that the cast are mindblowing!
When talking about the initial plan for the movie, Boone stated:
“I sold them on a single, three hour movie. I went and got [Stephen] King sold on it, everybody’s really excited…I told the story non-linear and that was the way I was able to compress that book and get everything into that script. You open with Mother Abigail dying and sending the guys off, and then you jump back in time… So what happened is the script gets finished, I write it in like five months, everybody loves it, King loves it, $87 million is what it was budgeted at, really expensive for a horror drama that doesn’t have set pieces.”
He then moved on to talk about where The Stand is at right now:
“They came back and said “would you do it as multiple films?” and I said “fuck yes!” I loved my script, and I was willing to drop it in an instant because you’re able to do an even truer version that way. So I think we are going to do like four movies. I can’t tell you anything about how we’re going to do them, or what’s going to be in which movie. I’ll just say we are going to do four movies, and we’re going to do THE STAND at the highest level you can do it at, with a cast that’s going to blow people’s minds. We’ve already been talking to lots of people, and have people on board in certain roles that people don’t know about. We’re looking to go into production next year, maybe in the spring.”
This is all very exciting news, and it sounds like The Stand is moving along very nicely indeed.
It was also revealed a few months ago 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.