Director Josh Boone on three hour, R-rated The Stand movie

News Simon Brew 6 Jun 2014 - 07:20

Stephen King's The Stand is heading to the big screen - and its director doesn't look like he's taking the easy way out...

Stephen King's The Stand is a very long book. Running to over 1300 pages in its paperback edition, we wouldn't be surprised if it needed two Amazon Kindles to hold the full text of it. As such, the sole screen adaptation of The Stand to date was a television miniseries, which featured Gary Sinise and Molly Ringwald. That managed to get the story down to six hours, and thus when a new feature film date of The Stand was announced, there were eyebrows raised as to just how to fit it all into a movie.

The answer, according to its director, Josh Boone, is to make a very long movie.

Whilst promoting his new film, The Fault In Our Stars, Boone confirmed his plans for The Stand. "We're gonna do one three-hour R-rated version with an amazing A-list cast across the board", Boone said. Furthermore, "every single one of those characters will be somebody you recognise 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".

Even getting King's text down to a three hour movie is a challenge, but the idea of at least giving the film room to breathe a little, and not shirking the R-rating, is a step forward. More as we hear it...

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Don't want to sound negative, I'll believe this when I see it. A studio pumping in the cash needed to make this and agreeing to a 3 hour R-rated film? After what happened with Watchmen? Can't see it really.
I still think this - like IT - would benefit more from a new TV mini series. I remember the original was OK, but had to skimp on some of the more unpleasant aspects of the book - nowadays, they'd be able to go a lot further. What's great about the book is that the characters (and there are a lot) are given plenty of room to breath, so when bad things happen you really feel it. Can't see how, even at 3hrs, you'd be able to do more than skim over much of the detail.

Still, I'm happy to be proven wrong :-)

Absolutely agree. The miniseries wasn't a masterpiece but the length felt about right. I think you really need two movies: one to deal with the plague and getting the characters to Boulder and Vegas. One to deal with everything after that. To be honest, I would rather we had a PG-13 version than a version that skimps on the characters.

I always thought Watchmen should have been a series. Each episode could have been an individual chapter and they could have added the inbetween bits via webisodes.

I agree with you jayb0b and Brundlesflies. Two films, two Hallowe'ens. It makes me laugh that when EVERY studio with a franchise is spreading the final books into two films these clowns are trying to shoehorn in a 1000 page book (or 600+ pages, depending which version.) into 3 hours! I think a 12 part HBO production would be the way to do this epic justice. You can allow the characters to develop without sacrificing the horror aspects.

A 12 Hour HBO adap would be soooo sweet - definitely the way to go.
And it doesn't need to be a slavish adaptation either - I'd be OK with updating it (certainly the finale in Vegas could do with a bit of a rethink - always felt it was dodgy, even in the book)

If this is a success then perhaps that little known Randall Flagg spin-off The Dark Tower could be adapted. I was thinking of a trilogy of films with full seasons of a TV show to provide a link. I wonder if anyone's had that idea in recent years?

M-O-O-N spells....

Just wanna say, I admire the director's gleeful enthusiasm.
The R rating is kind of reassuring.

Whatever happens, the book's still one of the best things to immerse yourself in over a few summer days.

I remember the TV mini series, was kind of ok from what i remember till the end when they took 'the hand of god' a little to literally and giant hands formed out of the clouds in the sky.

I read the comic so i don't care :)

Thought the TV adaptation was OK having previously read the book beforehand particularly the sequences at the start as things all go to hell with the perfect use of Blue Oyster Cult's ' Don’t fear the Reaper' with regards to the same. Three hours though is more than I'd want to be sat in a cinema no matter how good the film.

Just wait until the suits get involved - bye bye 3 hours and R-rating!

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