“THE STAND” Director Talks Planned Length, Rating


While still in development—and has been for quite a while, with directors Ben Affleck, Scott Cooper and David Yates all attached at some point—it seems director Josh Boone has a pretty good idea of what his upcoming vision for Stephen King’s THE STAND will be.

Set to adapt the legendary author’s massive, beloved tome about a devastating pandemic, its survivors and an ultimate clash of good and evil, Boone tells Vulture the plan is to “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.”

The director, whose THE FAULT IN OUR STARS is out this weekend, continues “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.”

Boone’s design sounds old-fashioned in a way, like 70s disaster picture with an extensive, star studded ensemble. Will a three-hour runtime suffice? And will Warner Bros. follow through with the R-rating on what sounds like a massive undertaking. We can only hope!


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  • rob

    whatever studio is backing the movie is gonna walk all over this guy…
    it’ll be a letdown.

  • http://instantnyc12.tumblr.com/ Terrence Boogie Monster

    Three hours? Ridiculous. They couldn’t do the book justice with a four part miniseries and they’re hoping to pull it off with even less of a runtime? SHeesh.

    • Paul

      I did like the mini series but do agree it did not do the book justice. 3 hours is defiantly not enough time.

  • Ernie Prado

    disappointing news about them going for a single movie,three hours is nowhere near long enough to encompass the whole story. The 1994 mini series was barely able to do that in six hours time.

    I really don’t care about the R rating,that is not the selling point for me,it is all about them having enough time to properly tell the story.

    I am also not too keen on the choice of the director ,looked him up on IMBD and all I see is romance movies. What has this guy done that fits into the horror genre.

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