Director Josh Boone Says His Adaptation of THE STAND Will Be 3 Hours, R-Rated, and with an A-List Cast

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Director Josh Boone is poised to have a very good weekend as his new film, The Fault in Our Stars, has a solid chance at dominating the box office.  If it does, it will give him more clout in his plan to adapt Stephen King‘s The Stand.  The movie has gone through multiple directors including David Yates, Ben Affleck, and Scott Cooper.  For those unfamiliar with the massive, post-apocalyptic sci-fi horror story, it’s set in a world that’s been ravaged by a plague and leads to an epic battle between a group of Americans and an Antichrist-like figure named Randall Flagg.

Boone stepped into replace Scott Cooper several months ago, and plans to reunite with his Fault in Our Stars actor Nat Wolff.  During the press tour for Fault, he detailed some of his other plans for the daunting adaptation.  Hit the jump for more.

the-stand-book-coverSpeaking to Vulture, Boone said about his adaptation of The Stand:

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.

That’s incredibly ambitious not only because fans of the book say it would take more than one movie to cover the whole plot, but also because studios aren’t in the business of making expensive R-rated films, especially in the horror genre.  But if Warner Bros. believes in Boone’s vision that much, more power to him.  I’d certainly like to see an epic R-rated horror film.

Here’s the official synopsis for Stephen King’s The Stand:

This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death.

And here is the bleak new world of the day after: a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides — or are chosen. A world in which good rides on the frail shoulders of the 108-year-old Mother Abigail — and the worst nightmares of evil are embodied in a man with a lethal smile and unspeakable powers: Randall Flagg, the dark man. [Amazon]




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  • Ridge

    sounds great to me, and I would prefer a pg-13 movie so we can get the movie soon

    • paul h

      I don’t understand how a lower rating would mean it’s released sooner?

    • paul h

      I don’t understand how a lower rating would mean it’s released sooner?

      • The Jester

        If it’s r-rated, it usually takes longer to get producers on board to an idea that an expensive a-list movie will get their money back plus more, in an impatient timely fashion when ‘r-rated’ means restricted to an age in theatres which means less tickets being bought. (again, I know this wont stop kids younger from seeing it but im just not sure if anyone under 22 knows about ‘the stand’. We live in a generation of tween-t idiots :/

      • The Jester

        Again, not all teens just a lot more since early 2000′s

  • DeathoftheEndless7

    Cool, I think it’ll work. They’ll just have to cut down on the secondary characters, like Tom,Trashcan Man, Lloyd and Poke, etc.

    • Mike Sampson

      I’d be fine with them making it a three and a half hour movie if it means they leave in the stuff with lloyd and poke and lloyd in the prison. One of my favorite parts in the book

    • SorryNotSorry

      The villains are the best characters, though.

  • Werefon

    Will see! I think it is still will be under 3 hours.

  • Ted

    Souds. Fucking. Awesome (still would have wished for it to be separated into two, but as long as its an R rating I can forgive them many things)

  • Alex

    I’d rather see a 2 part thing, 2 and a half to three hours each. Part One spring 2016 part two fall 2016.

  • scheebles

    I hope the giant hand looks amazing.

  • Faptain America

    The Fault In Our SARS?

    • SorryNotSorry

      … Nailed it.

  • The Flobbit

    If he can pull off a three hour movie, kudos to him. I have my doubts, however.

    • lord jim

      it´s impossible.could be an entertaining movie but the characters and their backstories make the novel so great in the first place.the fantasy stuff only worked because king made everything else so grounded and because he took his time with the characters, their past and their relationships.still the best thing he has ever written.

  • The Flobbit

    If he can pull off a three hour movie, kudos to him. I have my doubts, however.

  • MJ

    Perhaps the finest single novel I have ever read.

    • CJ

      THE STAND is the greatest novel of the 20th century. I don’t care what any critic says.

      • The Flobbit

        The Lord of the Rings
        Lolita
        Lord of the Flies
        1984
        Animal Farm
        A Game of Thrones
        The Great Gatsby
        Ulysses?

        What are these to you?

      • MJ

        Perhaps they are his 2nd through 8th favorite books? Can’t we each have a favorite novel here without someone complaining about it?

        PS: No way does George RR Martin make my top 100 books, let alone Top 10. I love the Game of Thrones series on HBO, but I read the first two novels,and they were well above average, but not what I would consider “great” works of fiction. This is one rare case where the translation to TV/movies outshines the original work. Other examples include Blade Runner, The Godfather, Forrest Gump, Jaws, Die Hard, and of course, The Shawshank Redemption.

        PS2: Dune and Pandora’s Star are in my Top 10 novels of all time.

      • The Flobbit

        I have to disagree about Game of Thrones. The books are so much more complex, hard-hitting, thought-provoking, and epic. The TV show is awesome, though.

      • Guest

        Second.

  • MJ

    Perhaps the finest single novel I have ever read.

  • leonard

    i think this idea is absurd. I have been waiting for another adaptation of The Stand for a long time (ever since the tv miniseries), but I don’t think one 3 hour movie will do it justice. I can see it encompassing three films at 1 hour and 40 minutes to 2 hours each. Plus, I don’t want to sit in a movie theater for 3 hours for one film. Last time I did that was for Hamlet and that had an intermission in between.

    • leonard

      correction: Hamlet was only 2 and 1/2 hours. felt like 3, though.

    • leonard

      correction: Hamlet was only 2 and 1/2 hours. felt like 3, though.

    • MJ

      So you never saw the LOTR movies or Avatar even once in the theater”

      Huih ???

      Lawrence of Arabia? Ben Hur? The Deer Hunter? Apocalypse Now?

      It’s sad these days how little attention span some people have. You and a sizable minority of people like you are the reason why Hollywood doesn’t make a lot of long movies these days that the majority of us would just love to see.

    • MJ

      So you never saw the LOTR movies or Avatar even once in the theater”

      Huih ???

      Lawrence of Arabia? Ben Hur? The Deer Hunter? Apocalypse Now?

      It’s sad these days how little attention span some people have. You and a sizable minority of people like you are the reason why Hollywood doesn’t make a lot of long movies these days that the majority of us would just love to see.

  • MJ

    Two 2:15 movies could work very well. First part from beginning to where they arrive in Nebraska. Part 2, from there until the end.

  • CJ

    Three hours?

    Can’t be done.

  • CJ

    Three hours?

    Can’t be done.

  • Diego Fernando Salazar Proaño

    I really hope they work the ending a little better than in the book. Don’t get me wrong, I like the book (especially the beginning) but the end felt a bit forced and anticlimactic.

    • MJ

      WTF ?

      REALLY ?

      ARE YOU KIDDING ME ?

      • Diego Fernando Salazar Proaño

        What? It felt that way to me. I didn’t say it was bad but that it could have been better.

      • MJ

        Well, everyone is entitled to their own personal opinion, but for me, the ending was an epic delivery to reader that I have seldom ever achieved in a reading experience before. And I think a lot of people feel the same way.

      • Diego Fernando Salazar Proaño

        You know, I see why people love it the way they do. Maybe I was expecting something unrealistically epic to begin with. But the book is good and I can’t wait for this film (although I was really looking forward to see what Affleck was going to do with it)

      • scheebles

        Actually The Stand is notorious for readers liking everything EXCEPT the ending. Why was the entire “stand” necessary if God was just going to reach his hand down and pop the nuke? King, as good of writer a he can be at times, has a bad habit of getting himself into a pickle and then using a giant explosion to get out of it. The Stand is the perfect example. For a great counter example, the ending of The Dark Tower was perfectly personal and intimate (despite the numerous setbacks that series had).

    • demonicstrawberry

      I agree. I very much enjoyed the first 2/3rds of the book, but the ending was pretty weak. That seems to happen in a lot of King’s books, actually. Great stories, weak endings. Maybe it’s because he doesn’t believe in outlining (which he stated in his On Writing book).

      • Diego Fernando Salazar Proaño

        I felt the same way with “Under the Dome” (my first King book) but somehow that ending worked a bit better for me than that of The Stand. Maybe it was because “The Stand” veered too close to becoming a religious book. But, actually, in the “extended version” preface he said this wasn’t one of his favorite books so maybe he thinks the same thing. Still haven’t read Salem’s Lot though, is the ending just like that or is it better?

      • BigJimSlade

        The ending to Salem’s Lot is great. Most of King’s endings are plenty fine.

        Pick up The Talisman (if you haven’t read it, or read it again), grab a cozy seat and enjoy the ride!

      • Diego Fernando Salazar Proaño

        Thanks for the suggestion I’ll read it as soon as I finish the ones I have in line. Can’t help but notice that Talisman is written with another author though

      • BigJimSlade

        King’s pretty awesome at writing endings.
        Most of his are spot on.

        The only King endings that ever bugged me were Rose Madder’s crap supernatural ending in the painting and I’m not a big fan of the final Dark Tower book.

        When I think King endings, I think Pet Semetary, The Dead Zone, Carrie, Firestarter, The Tommyknockers, Insomnia, and just about every book/novella I can think of. Then again, I even liked the spider at the end of It, so what do I know?

  • Joe

    I wish they’d abandon the attempt to make this into a full length feature movie and go the miniseries route on cable. I think an 8 – 10 episode run on HBO / Showtime / AMC would be a much superior product and a better adaptation of this gargantuan book. Inevitably comparisons would be drawn to the miniseries of the early 90s, but today’s television landscape is different and big name actors and actresses are much more willing to do TV if the writing and directing is solid. Unfortunately this is all wishful thinking…

    • HumerusDelicacy

      Have it on Netflix. Then it’ll be like an 8-10 hour movie.

  • NiceGuyVan

    Love long movies.

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  • the_concerned_citizen

    Having read the book it is definitely going to suck if it is only 3hrs long, the 5 hr miniseries had to cut A lot of content out and not because of TV censors either. The Book is a beast at 823 pages.

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  • Bobby

    Jesus, 3 hours? No fucking thanks.

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