For those of you who regularly read my posts, in the magical words of one Joe Esposito, You are the best around; no one is ever going to keep you down! Also, you know that I am a huge Stephen King fan. The man is a true wordsmith and should be praised from on high. However, the problem is that his writing induces such imagery that bringing his stories to the big screen has been a challenge for many film makers. Yet, they try.
There have been many names attached to direct the film adaptation of The Stand. Names like Affleck and Yates. The discussion ended when King himself picked Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars, Stuck in Love). In fact, King has such faith in Boone’s directing ability that he has also given him permission to adapt another King novel, Lisey’s Story.
THR had an opportunity to speak with Boone, and they found out that he is currently writing a part for his “lucky rabbit’s foot,” actor Nat Wolff. This would be the third time that Boone and Wolff have worked together. There is no word as to which role Wolff would play. It is kind of up in the air whether it will be an established character or one made for the movie.
Being a fan of the book, there is only really one role that I can see him filling, and that would be the role of the love-struck teen turned complete ass-hat, Harold Lauder. I am sure there are other roles that he could be considered for, but they seem to be much older than Wolff can play.
If you saw the original incarnation of The Stand, then you know this will not be an easy task for anyone to take on. When I first saw the mini-series I was entranced because I was young and had just finished the book for the first time. Now that I am older, I have tried many times to watch it in its entirety, and I just can’t do it. It has great actors like Gary Sinise and Rob Lowe who do a great job with what they are given, but the scale of the story is too large to fit in such a limited time frame.
I think that The Stand should have been a series, but no one asks me. So, since King is happy with what Boone is doing and Boone feels that Wolff is what the story needs, then who am I to argue?