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Will the ending of Josh Boone's The Stand leave room for a potential sequel?

09.03.2014

Stephen King's THE STAND was originally released back in 1978 before being revised and expanded to over 1000 pages in 1990. The mini-series released in 1994 was widely considered one of the best King adaptations on the small screen and a recent comic book series continued the trend of retelling the classic and sprawling tale of a post-apocalyptic war between good and evil. With the big screen version finally on it's way to reality, there are undoubtedly going to be some changes to the story, but why mess with a good thing?

THE STAND has long been looked at as a potential multi-film story that could unfold LORD OF THE RINGS style in several chapters. While the franchise route may still be the direction Warner Bros is headed, THE FAULT IN OUR STARS director Josh Boone is currently revising the last screenplay to get it ready for the big screen. One of those changes may be reverting the ending which was drastically altered according to leaked information from the draft by David Kajganich. Fans of the novel will see the major difference from King's original below. Spoilers for those who haven't read the novel.

In this version, from last year, the good guy survivors from Boulder get together in an army and march on Las Vegas to kill Randall Flagg. Flagg's headquarters is, of course, the Luxor Pyramid. The Boulderites invade the city while, off to the east, a squad fights at the Boulder Dam - which Trashcan Man explodes, killing Larry Underwood and sending a deadly flood to Vegas. In the city Flagg squares off against hero Stu Redman... who now has the power of God, and they have an Akira-like battle on the Las Vegas Strip, with Flagg trying to take Stu's magic. Cars are thrown, Excalbur's turrets are tossed, the people of Vegas are used by Flagg as disposable cannon-fodder. Meanwhile Nick Andros sacrifices his life taking out a howitzer. The Boulder forces, while armed, try to only take prisoners and rescue people from being under Flagg's evil spell. It all comes down to Flagg and Stu, and whether or not Stu will absorb Flagg's evil magic.

And there's a mid-credits tag that sets up a sequel. Yes, a The Stand 2. 

Now, if this turns out to be true, then the creative team behind THE STAND have absolutely zero grasp on what made the novel so great. Yes, it is supernatural in nature and yes there is a major God vs Satan story, but turning the ending into a MATRIX-like battle totally misses the mark. Hopefully this last draft was not the one Ben Affleck or Scott Cooper was working on as it sounds downright awful.

Josh Boone's THE STAND does not have a release date, but stay tuned for more details.

Source: BadAss Digest

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1:08AM on 09/05/2014

No thank you...

Just stick to a good solid ending, something so different, and crazy. LIke how the mist did it. I want a solid 3hr film it would be nice to see it broke down too as a lord of the rings kind of film as well with three movies in total. That I would not mine but another stand thats just stupid. I understand changing it up a bit but that ending sounded a little to tripe for me.
Just stick to a good solid ending, something so different, and crazy. LIke how the mist did it. I want a solid 3hr film it would be nice to see it broke down too as a lord of the rings kind of film as well with three movies in total. That I would not mine but another stand thats just stupid. I understand changing it up a bit but that ending sounded a little to tripe for me.
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1:06PM on 09/04/2014
That sounds way too stupid to be anything but a bullshit rumor.

... Right?
That sounds way too stupid to be anything but a bullshit rumor.

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11:59AM on 09/04/2014
That sounds like an April Fool's Day adaptation of the book.

That sounds like an April Fool's Day adaptation of the book.

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9:46AM on 09/04/2014

OR...

...you could use the actual ending from the book and just parlay that to the Dark Tower movies.
...you could use the actual ending from the book and just parlay that to the Dark Tower movies.
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8:32AM on 09/04/2014
SPOILERS FOR THE END OF BOOK............At the end of the book doesn't it go to South America for a few paragraphs where the Man in Black washes up on shore and some untouched tribe finds him? That could be an after credit scene, just to leave us hanging. And maybe they'll use the same actor for the Dark Tower movies, which would be absolutely awesome.
SPOILERS FOR THE END OF BOOK............At the end of the book doesn't it go to South America for a few paragraphs where the Man in Black washes up on shore and some untouched tribe finds him? That could be an after credit scene, just to leave us hanging. And maybe they'll use the same actor for the Dark Tower movies, which would be absolutely awesome.
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3:06AM on 09/04/2014

Total misdirection

We're in a day and age where I think in order to throw people off of the scent, some ridiculous shit has to be thrown out there. This is ridiculous even by 80s-90/s Hollywood adaptation standards. In my heart of hearts, I think JB is having a little fun with us all. *SPOILER ALERT* The updated 1990 version has Flagg showing up in a South American country, so the potential for a sequel, is already there.
We're in a day and age where I think in order to throw people off of the scent, some ridiculous shit has to be thrown out there. This is ridiculous even by 80s-90/s Hollywood adaptation standards. In my heart of hearts, I think JB is having a little fun with us all. *SPOILER ALERT* The updated 1990 version has Flagg showing up in a South American country, so the potential for a sequel, is already there.
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7:54PM on 09/03/2014

Good lord almighty

Can't some people just leave shit alone? This is why we can't have nice things.
Can't some people just leave shit alone? This is why we can't have nice things.
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7:40PM on 09/03/2014
The ending of the Novel leaves room for a sequel if you want too make a crappy money grab part 2 .The ending of the novel is perfect *spoilers*


It shows that Flagg is not defeated, but simply moves on to another place and time to begin again.Which he does as he shows up in many King novels.The dark Tower books,Needful things etc.
The ending of the Novel leaves room for a sequel if you want too make a crappy money grab part 2 .The ending of the novel is perfect *spoilers*


It shows that Flagg is not defeated, but simply moves on to another place and time to begin again.Which he does as he shows up in many King novels.The dark Tower books,Needful things etc.
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7:29PM on 09/03/2014
Completely misses the point of the entire book, but otherwise nice try, screenwriters.
Completely misses the point of the entire book, but otherwise nice try, screenwriters.
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6:15PM on 09/03/2014
Or scrap all of that and have it lead directly into The Dark Tower?
Or scrap all of that and have it lead directly into The Dark Tower?
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5:57PM on 09/03/2014
The irony in this is that the ending of The Stand is the only ending King has ever truly nailed. It's perfect. Otherwise it's been up to writers to make endings of the movie adaptations better.

This sounds incredibly stupid. It sounds like The Matrix: Revolutipns.
The irony in this is that the ending of The Stand is the only ending King has ever truly nailed. It's perfect. Otherwise it's been up to writers to make endings of the movie adaptations better.

This sounds incredibly stupid. It sounds like The Matrix: Revolutipns.
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