‘The Stand’ Could Be More Than One Movie, According to Stephen King
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 Stand' was previously adapted into a 1994 miniseries that's probably best forgotten, and has since struggled to find its way to the big screen with names like Ben Affleck and Scott Cooper attached to direct at various points. And now Josh Boone has turned in a draft of the script that has King's rare stamp of approval and is set to helm the film adaptation himself, previously confirming (much to our delight) that we'd see a three-hour, R-rated version of the film.
In a recent interview with MTV, King pumped the brakes a bit on the notion of 'The Stand' being contained to just one movie, saying, "Don’t count on it being one film, because there’s talk about doing it in an entirely different and innovative way." And by innovative, perhaps he means this new and fancy way studios have of dividing films into two or three parts -- maybe you've heard of it? They did it with 'The Lord of the Rings,' after all.
Whether it's one or two films, we're pretty excited to see Boone's vision of 'The Stand,' as the director is a King fan, and is also attached to adapt King's novel 'Lisey's Story.' And it's not often that King is happy with a filmmaker's adaptation of his work.