After a few years of false starts and directors coming and going, such as David Yates, Ben Affleck and, most recently, Scott Cooper, a new feature-length adaptation of Stephen King's hit novel The Stand is finally moving forward. Josh Boone, who directed this weekend's young adult novel adaptation The Fault in Our Stars, is on board to write and direct, with Nat Wolff signing on last month to star.
Many fans of the novel have wondered how the 1152-page book can be condensed into one movie, with the plot following an epic battle between good and evil after America is decimated by a deadly virus that wipes out most of the country's population. Josh Boone revealed in a new interview that he is planning a three-hour R-rated adaptation with A-list cast members inhabiting the characters.
"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."
The novel was previously adapted into the four-hour mini-series The Stand in 1994, but do you think a three-hour version will suffice? Chime in with your thoughts below.