Good news Stephen King fans, it looks like the upcoming theatrical adaptation of King’s post-apocalyptic horror-drama (horro-rama…?), The Stand, is finally happening and will take place over four films.
On a recent podcast with Kevin Smith, The Stand’s writer/director, Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars) stated that the film was originally going to be a three-hour, stand-alone film, but Warner Brother’s loved the script and wanted more. If you’ve read The Stand, you know that the book is enormous (like, if-it-fell-off-the-shelf-it-could-kill-you enormous), so it seems like a wise decision to tell the story over multiple films to give the source material justice. Another positive sign for King fans is that Boone wants this adaptation to be rated “R,” like almost all material should be when based off the work of the King of Horror.
During the podcast Boone said, “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… 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.”
Supposedly the goal is to start filming early next year, so expect to hear more and more about this ambitious project in the coming months.