Earlier this week in an interview with Collider, Josh Boone (who directed The Fault In Our Stars) discussed about completing the script for Stephen King’s The Stand and that the man himself really liked what Boone had done with the material.
I finished writing the script maybe a month ago. Stephen [King] 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 [King’s] 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.
Josh Boone’s script looks set to nail everything (hopefully) in a three hour epic tale, rather than following the previous script from David Kajganich which ended in a way that it set up for a sequel (details of which can be read here). Josh Boone then went on to talk about when he plans to begin production on the film and what to leave out of the final cut.
I just focused on the things that I felt strongly about, that I have strong memories about, that are evocative to me even when I read it now. You just have an internal interest meter. The Stand is about so many things — you could make ten to fifteen different movies and focus on a different aspect of it. I just focussed on the things that were more important to me and felt essential to me and were based in the characters…It takes a long time to prep a film like that. Six to eight months. I don’t imagine we would shoot the movie until next Spring at the earliest. And we’re still early in the process. I’m still meeting actors and having budget meetings and all that.
At least we know the casting process is underway still, last month rumours spread that Matthew McConaughey was linked to the role of the key villain Randall Flagg (aka The Men In Black) and for me I reckon he could easily pull that off with the run of form that McConaughey has been on recently. From the interview it all sounds every promising so fall, considering the fact that The Stand is one of my favourite books that I’ve read (there’s been a few). There’s no date set for a cinematic release or even an official production date but hopefully we won’t have to wait too long for more details on The Stand.