Josh Boone Delays Adaptation of Stephen King's "The Stand"--For Another Stephen King Adaptation

Tuesday, 02 February 2016 - 2:47PM
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Tuesday, 02 February 2016 - 2:47PM
Josh Boone, the Fault in Our Stars director who is set to helm Fox's New Mutants adaptation, really wants to be in the Stephen King business. The much-beleaguered adaptation of King's ambitious environmentalist tome The Stand has been pushed off yet again in favor of adapting a more recent (and manageable) King novel, 2013's Revival.

The Stand has been in development for many years, but at 1200 pages, it's a daunting prospect to adapt into a film. Most recently, it was set to be adapted into four movies starring Matthew McConaughey as Randall Flagg, the novel's Satanic antagonist, a popular character who has appeared in a number of King's stories. Boone has reportedly written the script for The Stand, but asked King for more time to work on it. Now, the option at Warner Bros. has lapsed, and it will revert back to CBS films, which will either make it with Lionsgate as part of a long-standing deal to collaborate on big-budget films, or will shop it at another studio.

In the meantime, Boone will work on Revival, a horror story with some sci-fi elements involving a minister who denounces God after the death of his wife and child. He begins to conduct experiments involving electricity and becomes a controversial faith healer, ultimately descending into madness and evil. Boone has idolized King for his entire life and has a personal connection to the subject matter of Revival, having been raised by evangelicals:

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"I've read every book Stephen King has written, multiple times; he taught me how to write characters," Boone said. "When I read The Stand, it was literally from under my bed. I was raised by evangelical Christians, who believed in The Rapture. I wasn't allowed to read Stephen King books for a large part of my childhood. I ripped the cover off this Frank E. Peretti book This Present Darkness, a Christian bestseller, and put it on The Stand, because they were roughly the same size. I would read these books under the bed and hide them in the box spring, like normal kids stashed their pornography. My mom found my King stash and they burned the books in the fireplace. I still have a picture in a photo album of this giant pile of ashes in my parents' fireplace."
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It all has a happy ending though, as a 12-year-old Boone sent the author three volumes of the Dark Tower series and received an autograph and a limited edition copy of My Pretty Pony. His parents were so moved, they lifted the ban on King books.

Boone says he "still intend[s] to make the Stand," but "need[s] more time." There's no word on whether McConaughey is still attached after the move from Warner Bros., but it looks like the adaptation is still alive and well, even if it's moved down the queue.
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