Josh Boone’s THE STAND Will Be Split into Four Features

On Kevin Smith Podcast

Josh Boone has revealed that his adaptation of Stephen King’s massive 1978 novel The Stand will now be four features.

Boone, director of The Fault in Our Stars, dropped the idea of a three-hour-long movie without any hesitation when Warner Bros. offered him the opportunity to instead proceed on the basis of there being a whole quartet of films (we used to call these ‘mini-series’) instead of one.

Talking on Kevin Smith’s Hollywood Babble-On podcast, Boone said:

“I really wanted to do an A-list actor, really grounded, credible version of the movie…I sold [Warner Bros.] on a single, three hour movie… So what happened is the script gets finished, I write it in like five months. Everybody loves it. [Stephen] King loves it. $87 million is what it was budgeted at. Really expensive for a horror drama that doesn’t have set pieces… They came back and said ‘Would you do it as multiple films?’ and I said ‘F–k yes!’…So I think we are going to do like four movies.”

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The current director continues:

“I loved my script, and I was willing to drop it in an instant because you’re able to do an even truer version that way. So I think we are going to do like four movies. I can’t tell you anything about how we’re going to do them, or what’s going to be in which movie. I’ll just say we are going to do four movies, and we’re going to do THE STAND at the highest level you can do it at, with a cast that’s going to blow people’s minds. We’ve already been talking to lots of people, and have people on board in certain roles that people don’t know about. We’re looking to go into production next year, maybe in the spring.”

It sounds cool to me. But is it going to be PG-13 or R rated? I dunno, but Peter Jackson‘s adaptation of The Stand would be 9 movies. Lol. If the film does well, we can expect to see The Dark Tower next on the list.

No cast has been announced yet, but Matthew McConaughey is reportedly eyed to play the story’s villain, Randall Flagg, with the hope of going into production in Spring 2015.

The story of a full-scale apocalypse was turned into a television miniseries in 1994.

One man escapes from a biological weapon facility after an accident, carrying with him the deadly virus known as Captain Tripps, a rapidly mutating flu that – in the ensuing weeks – wipes out most of the world’s population. In the aftermath, survivors choose between following an elderly black woman to Boulder or the dark man, Randall Flagg, who has set up his command post in Las Vegas. The two factions prepare for a confrontation between the forces of good and evil.