The long-gestating big screen version of Stephen King’s ‘The Stand’ is nothing if not ambitious. The original novel is a beast, a 1,200 page post-apocalyptic horror/fantasy epic that spans the entire country and features a cast of dozens of important characters. It’s one of the best and densest genre novels ever written, so perhaps a four-film adaptation with a cast of movie stars is the best and only way to go. Anyway, director Josh Boone‘s not-so-private goal of casting the film entirely with big, recognizable names has already achieved phase one: he’s nabbed Matthew McConaughey.
Stephen King's 'The Stand' is a project that has struggled to find its way to the big screen for many years now, but in the hands of 'The Fault in Our Stars' director Josh Boone, it's finally picking up serious steam and the adaptation has felt more promising than ever. Whether or not Boone could take King's epic novel and translate it into one film has been a lingering question, and one that Boone has finally answered: No, 'The Stand' will not be just one film. Instead, it will be a shocking four-film adaptation, which seems excessive even for fans of the novel.
Adapting Stephen King's epic novel 'The Stand' is no easy feat -- but we've been previously assured that the latest iteration, which has fallen into the hands of 'The Fault in Our Stars' director Josh Boone, would be an R-rated, three-hour version. Well, maybe that's not entirely true, according to King himself. You know, if King himself is to believed about such things.
The idea of Matthew McConaughey in Josh Boone's new adaptation of 'The Stand' is the best idea since yesterday's rumor that Jennifer Lawrence is being sought for Quentin Tarantino's 'The Hateful Eight.' But while McConaughey is being eyed for a leading part in the classic Stephen King story, it's not the part you might think.
In a cinematic landscape where franchises and known properties are a studio's biggest priority, some projects cannot be killed no matter how hard it is to get them made. Witness Warner Brothers' big screen adaptation of 'The Stand,' which now has a fourth director in talks to helm the production.
'The Stand' is one of Stephen King's best novels and it has the potential to be a truly incredible film. Warner Bros. seems very aware of this face since they keep on attaching their best and brightest filmmakers to the project ... but everyone keeps dropping out. David Yates was the first to go, followed by Ben Affleck and Scott Cooper, but the studio is supposedly eyeing a new and very interesting choice: Paul Greengrass.
Warner Brothers has been trying to adapt Stephen King's 'The Stand' for a while now. First they had 'Harry Potter''s David Yates on the project, then Ben Affleck was on for while before he got busy with other things (like playing Batman), so they brought in Scott Cooper, the writer/director of 'Crazy Heart' and 'Out of the Furnace.' But it's been revealed that Cooper's off the project, so now what?
Since we all know Ben Affleck is a little too busy with his upcoming film 'Live By Night' and, of course, playing Batman, the new adaptation of Stephen King's classic horror-fantasy novel 'The Stand' has been in need of a director. After Affleck left the film behind a while ago, the project may have finally found a replacement: Scott Cooper, the helmer behind 'Crazy Heart.'
Stephen King's 'The Stand' is certainly a massive undertaking for any director, which is why it's understandable when Ben Affleck says he's having a hard time with the project right now.