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Josh Boone says The Stand will be a 3-hour R-rated adaptation!

06.05.2014
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Director Josh Boone has been making the rounds promoting this weekend release of THE FAULT IN OUR STARS (Chris enjoyed it). Once the subject switched to his upcoming adaptation of THE STAND, he certainly had my attention.

Boone was hired to direct THE STAND for Warner Bros. and since then many assumed given the length of the Stephen King novel (800+ pages) that we would get more than one film out of the deal. Also, to adhere to the masses (teenagers), I assumed the post-apocalyptic horror fantasy would become something for everyone's taste and lose some of its substance in the process. Well, wrong on all fronts it seems.

Vulture spoke to Boone, and asked sabout his plans for THE STAND:

We’re gonna 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. 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.

He can't be messing with us right? That would just be cruel. This sounds exactly like what the novel deserves and could be huge for Warner Bros. if they go this way. That being said, even 3-hours might even seem a little short for this material, and diehard fans may become worrisome about what is being left off the screen. Oh the risks that are taken to make everyone happy; here’s hoping Boone's vision holds true.

Anyone want to wager that they break it into two movies?

Source: Vulture

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2:57PM on 06/06/2014
Oh and this is Warner Brothers? If Edge Of Tomorrow bombs, they are gonna go "well if Jupiter Ascending also fails, then all we are left with is the last Hobbit and JLA, so we better rethink this whole 3 hour rated R thing."
Oh and this is Warner Brothers? If Edge Of Tomorrow bombs, they are gonna go "well if Jupiter Ascending also fails, then all we are left with is the last Hobbit and JLA, so we better rethink this whole 3 hour rated R thing."
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2:54PM on 06/06/2014
What's the book about, anyway?
What's the book about, anyway?
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11:05AM on 06/06/2014
Just finishing my 10th or 11th read through of the book. I liked the mini-series when it came out, and if King has a hand in making this, than I'm excited for it.
Just finishing my 10th or 11th read through of the book. I liked the mini-series when it came out, and if King has a hand in making this, than I'm excited for it.
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9:03PM on 06/05/2014
No problem with this whatsoever. Love a great, long, depth filled film.
No problem with this whatsoever. Love a great, long, depth filled film.
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8:10PM on 06/05/2014
If it gets made at all it will be split into 3 movies and the rating will be reduced to PG-13, and King will have about a dozen cameos and play a major role as well.
If it gets made at all it will be split into 3 movies and the rating will be reduced to PG-13, and King will have about a dozen cameos and play a major role as well.
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8:06PM on 06/05/2014

Promises, promises.

Don't let the fucking budget soar than. Take what you need and keep with your vision if they allow you too. Don't put them in a position to take the R-Rating away and neuter the movie which will in turn make me not see it.
Don't let the fucking budget soar than. Take what you need and keep with your vision if they allow you too. Don't put them in a position to take the R-Rating away and neuter the movie which will in turn make me not see it.
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7:42PM on 06/05/2014
If this holds up, it sounds fantastic.
If this holds up, it sounds fantastic.
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