Yesterday, I was coming out of a screening at the AMC in Times Square. Kids were already lined up, in snaking rows, for that night's very first showings of "The Fault in Our Stars." That's when I realized that it was going to be a big hit. I also realized that director Josh Boone will be allowed to do anything he wants after it opens. And, as it turns out, he wants to do a big screen adaptation of "The Stand," something that has befuddled and vanquished a number of high profile directors, including Ben Affleck and "Crazy Heart" filmmaker Scott Cooper. Now Boone is talking about his intentions for the adaptation with Vulture, and things are sounding good.
"The Stand," for those that don't know, is an epic, nearly-900 page tome that depicts an apocalyptic viral outbreak and follows the survivors, as they deal with obstacles both earthly and supernatural. It's largely considered King's magnum opus, and is the lynchpin not only of his standalone novel output but also the byzantine world of "The Dark Tower," his series of interconnected fantasy novels.
Boone described the adaptation as follows: "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. And it's gonna be awesome. 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, and like, 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."
Well, this is somewhat optimistic, we suppose. If everything can come together. But this thing has beaten better filmmakers than Boone, so a note of cautiousness should be struck.
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