The Fault in Our Stars director Josh Boone is currently in the process of developing his big screen adaptation of Stephen King's epic novel The Stand. This is such a huge story that it's hard to believe that they'd be able to turn into a single movie. There was talk of turning it into a pair of films at one point, but it doesn't look like that's the case any longer. In a recent interview with Vulture, the director revealed that the plan is to make one 3-hour, R-rated movie with a full A-list cast. He also excitedly talked about how much he's looking forward to making this film.
"We’re gonna do one three-hour, R-rated version with an amazing A-list cast across the board. Every single one of those characters will be somebody you recognize and somebody you relate to. And it’s gonna be awesome. I’m really excited. It’s the most exciting thing I’ve ever got to do in my entire life. If 12-year-old me had ever known that one day I’d be doing this, to even just go back and look at that kid, I’d be like, 'Keep doing what you’re doing!' It’s just crazy. I’ve met so many actors over the years, and like, when I met Stephen King, I hugged him with tears in my eyes. He meant that much to me when I was young. I still say everything I learned about writing I learned from Stephen King. I don’t read screenplays. I don’t read screenplay how-to books. It’s always just, establish the character. Establish the character."
That's so freakin' cool. I feel the same way about King's work. I also grew up reading his books, and he's hands down my favorite author ever. I love the enthusiasm that Boone has when talking about King and this story, and to me it seems like if anyone could give us the best adaptation of The Stand it would be this guy. It seems like there's no way he would take a story he loves so much and turn it into a dud. It's also not going to hurt that they are going to bring together a full A-list cast. It's going to be interesting to see who they bring on board.
Boone actually managed to get me more excited for this movie with this little statement that he made. He's going to give this project everything he's got.