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

     June 6, 2014

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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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