Prepare your brains for a 4-film adaptation of Stephen King’s epic tome!
Keeping up with the movie adaptation of Stephen King’s classic The Stand has been rough, to say the least. We’ve seen countless directors come and go before landing on the unlikeliest of choices, Fault in Our Stars director Josh Boone. Despite there only being two feature films to his name, Boone turned out to be an impressive choice as he was the only director able to successfully write a one-film treatment for King’s novel that was so good it actually landed him the job in the first place. The only question everyone had, though, was whether or not he could truly adapt the story into a single film and do it justice. Apparently he could, but it came at a price. $87 million dollars to be exact.
Speaking with Kevin Smith on his SMODcast, Boone talked about his adaptation and the budget that went along with it:
I really wanted to do an A-list actor, really grounded, credible version of the movie and they hired me…I sold them on a single, three hour movie. I went and got [Stephen] King sold on it, everybody’s really excited…I told the story non-linear and that was the way I was able to compress the book and get everything into that movie script…So what happened is the script gets finished, I write it in like five months, everybody loves it, King loves it, it was budgeted at $87 million.
It turns out that Warner Bros. wasn’t exactly ready to take that big of a gamble on just a single movie. Which makes sense when you think about it, considering The Stand isn’t something you can market very easily—especially if it’s going to retain the hard R-rating that Boone had originally planned. So, after turning down the $87 million budget, the studio gave Boone the option to turn his adaptation into multiple films. Four of them. Yes, really.
“I loved my script, but you are able to do an even truer version that way. I will just say we are going to do four movies and we are going to do THE STAND in a way that is going to blow people’s minds.”
Fans have been scratching their heads over the idea of The Stand being turned into only one film, so this outta get just about everyone on board. Will all four films be rated R? When it was just a single film that was the original plan, so I’d be surprised if that has changed, although we don’t know for sure at the moment. All in all, regardless of rating, a four-film treatment of Stephen King’s The Stand is almost too good to be true. And although it’s ambitious as hell, I like that Warner Bros. is investing this much into Boone’s vision and allowing him to bring this classic story to life on the big screen. Now if only those rumors of Matthew McConaughey being eyed for the role of Randall Flagg turn out to be true…