With Stephen King’s latest book Mr Mercedes storming book charts all over the place, some of us are looking towards one of his older tales, The Stand for new news…
On a promotional tour for The Fault in Our Stars, director Josh Boone spoke about The Stand which he’s currently developing for the big screen.
Talking to Vulture, Boone said: “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.”
Set in the present day (well, 1978 when the book was first published), The Stand tells the story of a deadly superflu dubbed Captain Trips that wipes out 99% of the population and the war between good and evil that breaks out between the survivors – one led by a messenger of God, the others by a man who may be the devil himself. It’s the very definition of the term ‘epic’.
It will be interesting to see who each character is played by – Stu Redman is still one of my favourite characters in modern literature.
So, what are your thoughts? is it possible to do it justice in three hours? Let us know your thoughts…