Stephen King's epic The Stand to be made into four films
Josh Boone, director of The Fault In Our Stars, has revealed that the long-awaited adaptation of Stephen King's epic novel The Stand is set to be adapted into four feature films.
Boone was hired earlier this year to take on the project, which has previously been in the hands of Harry Potter director David Yates and screenwriter Steve Kloves, and, in 2013, looked set to be directed by Ben Affleck before he dropped out to take the title role in Batman Vs Superman: Dawn Of Justice.
Speaking on Kevin Smith's Hollywood Babble-On podcast Boone revealed that he had originally tried to get one three-hour long version of The Stand made, but Warner Brothers had instead decided to extend it out to four films.
He said: "I sold them (Warner Brothers) 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. 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 continued: "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."
Then asked about the cast list and when production would begin, Boone replied: "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."
The Stand is an epic 823-page novel set in a world where a deadly plague has killed most of the population. After this the remaining survivors split into two groups - one lead by a benevolent elder and the other by a maleficent being - to face each other in a final battle between good and evil.