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.