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The Stand delayed as Josh Boone moves forward with Stephen King's Revival

02.02.2016

I really feel for those fans of Stephen King's "The Stand" who have been looking forward to witnessing King's epic play out on the big-screen, and today's news likely won't offer much comfort that we'll ever see "The Stand" hit theaters. Josh Boone (THE FAULT IN OUR STARS) has been set to write and direct an adaptation of "The Stand" for several years, but according to Deadline, they've hit a major snag.

Warner Bros. had an option on "The Stand" but unfortunately in the time it's taken to get this project going, that option has since run its course and the project has reverted back to CBS Films. D'oh. There are several options available for CBS, including setting up THE STAND with a different studio or producing it on their own with Lionsgate, which whom they have arrangement with. While this latest obstacle gets sorted out, Josh Boone has moved on to a different Stephen King project, an adaptation of "Revival".

A synopsis of "Revival" via Amazon:

In a small New England town, over half a century ago, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls feel the same about Reverend Jacobs—including Jamie’s mother and beloved sister, Claire. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond based on a secret obsession. When tragedy strikes the Jacobs family, this charismatic preacher curses God, mocks all religious belief, and is banished from the shocked town. Jamie has demons of his own. Wed to his guitar from the age of thirteen, he plays in bands across the country, living the nomadic lifestyle of bar-band rock and roll while fleeing from his family’s horrific loss. In his mid-thirties—addicted to heroin, stranded, desperate—Jamie meets Charles Jacobs again, with profound consequences for both men. Their bond becomes a pact beyond even the Devil’s devising, and Jamie discovers that revival has many meanings.

Josh Boone has already penned the script for REVIVAL and, working with producer Michael De Luca, have submitted the script to Universal. If Universal doesn't bite on REVIVAL, it's expected that the project will find a new home quickly. It's still early days yet, but Boone has already discussed the project with several actors and hopes to direct the film later this year. The track record for getting King projects off the ground quickly hasn't exactly been great lately, but good luck to them.

Should Hollywood quit trying to make THE STAND happen, or is the project worth fighting for?

Source: Deadline

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12:58PM on 02/04/2016
Did anyone else even read Revival? The story might have been good, but King decided to write it from the point of view of a character only somewhat related to the plot at hand. The story even starts off with the narrator calling the actual interesting protagonist his 'old fifth business', which he explains means "But sometimes a person who fits none of these categories comes into your life. This is the joker who pops out of the deck at odd intervals over the years, often during a moment of
Did anyone else even read Revival? The story might have been good, but King decided to write it from the point of view of a character only somewhat related to the plot at hand. The story even starts off with the narrator calling the actual interesting protagonist his 'old fifth business', which he explains means "But sometimes a person who fits none of these categories comes into your life. This is the joker who pops out of the deck at odd intervals over the years, often during a moment of crisis. In the movies this sort of character is known as the fifth business, or the change agent. When he turns up in a film, you know hes there because the screenwriter put him there. But who is screenwriting our lives?". If the movie centers on Jacobs rather than Jamie, it could be great. But if the movie is set up the same way the book is, it'll be 90 minutes of uninteresting 'memoirs' of a character who sometimes crosses paths with someone who is living a very exciting, interesting, scary life.
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9:45AM on 02/03/2016
I"m actually excited for this. "Revival" is a really great book and will definitely be a great horror/suspense film to see on screen. The ending itself, if handled properly, will leave audiences haunted leaving the theatre.

It does suck that "The Stand" is being delayed again. But, if there are complications behind the scenes, I'd rather the studios get that sorted out to have proper commitments made to getting it filmed. Rather than doing a rush job on the film(s).
I"m actually excited for this. "Revival" is a really great book and will definitely be a great horror/suspense film to see on screen. The ending itself, if handled properly, will leave audiences haunted leaving the theatre.

It does suck that "The Stand" is being delayed again. But, if there are complications behind the scenes, I'd rather the studios get that sorted out to have proper commitments made to getting it filmed. Rather than doing a rush job on the film(s).
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11:11PM on 02/02/2016

God Damn It

If there is one movie worth making it's the Stand. I could see it as this generation's R-Rated Lord of the Rings. I read it when i was 14. This movie needs to be made. I don't give a fuck about Josh Boone, get a true visionary. I bet Christopher Nolan would do the movie justice, or maybe Matthew Vaughn?
If there is one movie worth making it's the Stand. I could see it as this generation's R-Rated Lord of the Rings. I read it when i was 14. This movie needs to be made. I don't give a fuck about Josh Boone, get a true visionary. I bet Christopher Nolan would do the movie justice, or maybe Matthew Vaughn?
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9:09PM on 02/02/2016

Good Choice

I'd rather see Revival. King does a slow burn H.P. Lovecraft style story about obsession and madness with a killer ending that stays with you long after you've read it, especially when laying in bed late at night.
I'd rather see Revival. King does a slow burn H.P. Lovecraft style story about obsession and madness with a killer ending that stays with you long after you've read it, especially when laying in bed late at night.
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9:42AM on 02/03/2016
Agreed. The ending is creepy as hell! And it's hard to explain as when you describe it out loud to people, it sounds silly. But when you read through the book to get to that final reveal, it's haunting.
Agreed. The ending is creepy as hell! And it's hard to explain as when you describe it out loud to people, it sounds silly. But when you read through the book to get to that final reveal, it's haunting.
8:23PM on 02/02/2016

Kings tribute to Lovecraft

For those horror fans looking for more Lovecraft style horror you will love Revival.King's best book in a while. Looking forward to this one now.
For those horror fans looking for more Lovecraft style horror you will love Revival.King's best book in a while. Looking forward to this one now.
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8:00PM on 02/02/2016
I'm okay with this. Just checked out Josh Boone's filmography, and "Revival" seems more up his alley than The Stand.
I'm okay with this. Just checked out Josh Boone's filmography, and "Revival" seems more up his alley than The Stand.
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