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Josh Boone Talks Stephen King’s The Stand and Anne Rice’s Lestat Adaptations

September 10th, 2014 by Dave Bowling Comments

Over the years, a LOT of filmmakers have tried to adapt Stephen King’s post-apocalyptic novel The Stand. And failed.

So with the likes of Ben Affleck and George Romero calling it a day, you wouldn’t associate Josh Boone, director of romantic drama The Fault in Our Stars, to have a stab. But he is nonetheless: Boone is apparently now gearing up to direct a “three hour version with an A-List cast across the board.”

“I mean it’s amazing. I finished writing the script maybe a month ago. Stephen absolutely loved it. It’s, I think, the first script ever approved by him. [It’ll be] a single version movie of The Stand. Three hours. It hews very closely to the novel. It was such an amazing process. I’m so familiar with his work and I’ve read so many of his books so many times over the years that it was just a really comfortable thing to be able to work with his material. He gives you so much great material to work with. There’s an abundance of it. So it’s not a book where you have to generate new material and make it work for a movie. He writes so cinematically and his characters are so sharply drawn. You don’t have to change much. [You use] a lot of structural things to condense a thousand pages into a three-hour movie but it’s still at heart his material. I just made it work within the confines of what a single film can be.”

And if that’s not enough horror for you, he has now confirmed that he’s in talks to direct the next big-screen adaptation of Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles, the Ronseal-named The Vampire Lestat.

Asked outright about rumours linking him to the project, and whether he’s drifting firmly towards the horror genre, Boone stated: “But I would argue that it’s a romance film. If you look at Interview with a Vampire, it’s about two people who are sort of in a toxic marriage for a century. You know what I mean? It’s really is still a character-driven story about a relationship.”

The Stand is due to commence filming in Spring 2015.

Source: Collider

Dave was born at an early age to parents of both sexes. He has been a self-confessed geek for as long as he can remember, having been raised through the 80s on a steady diet of Doctor Who, Star Trek, Red Dwarf and (sigh) Knight Rider. Throw the usual assortment of Saturday morning cartoons into the mix and we have something quite exceptional: someone with an encyclopaedic knowledge of utter tosh; a love of giant robots and spaceships fighting; and the strange desire to leap tall buildings in a single bound while wearing his underpants over his trousers. The death ray is currently in the works and one day you shall all bow to him, his giant space station and fleet of funky orange space shuttles...