While doing press for The Fault in Our Stars, opening this weekend, director Josh Boone was asked about The Stand, which he is slated to direct; and he had some optimistic words for fans of the massive Stephen King novel.
“We’re gonna do one, three-hour, R-rated version with an amazing A-list cast across the board,” Boone (pictured) told Vulture. “Every single one of those characters will be somebody you recognize and somebody you relate to. And it’s gonna be awesome.”
He continued, “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… 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.”
Cast thus far is Boone’s Fault co-star Nat Wolff, and we expect more announcements soon.
The Stand, which is being produced by Jimmy Miller and Roy Lee for Warner Bros. and CBS Films, is a story of good versus evil after a virus wipes out most of the American population. It features dozens of characters (including such memorable ones as the Trashcan Man and Mother Abigail) and overlapping storylines running over many years as it tells of a group of survivors fighting the Antichrist-like Randall Flagg.
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