NEWS - THE STAND

Josh Boone On The Stand

Posted: October 17, 2017, 18:50:57

Josh Boone just posted this on King's board.


Hi, Josh Boone here. I happened to come across this and wanted to say that I never wrote a draft of The Stand with anything but the ending from the book. You are referring to a draft that preceded me, which I actively worked to ensure never got made because it was in no way an adaptation of the book, just fan fiction. I am still working on The Stand and will be making it next as soon as New Mutants opens in April as a limited series. I've been working on it for four years and I promise you it will be a faithful adaptation of the book with an incredible cast.

Josh Boone Talks The Stand

Posted: March 24, 2016, 22:29:33

Josh Boone talks about The Stand in an new interview.


Now, as for The Stand, which has been in the works for quite some time, Boone explained, “We’re working on it. The reason The Stand hasn’t been made yet is because it’s expensive. It’s a problem of perception, I think. We really are attempting to revive the idea of the elevated horror film–movies like The Exorcist, Rosemary’s Baby, The Shining–A-list films with A-list casts. The 1980s really killed this idea because studios realized you could make horror films for dirt cheap and make a killing. In theory, every studio wants to make The Stand. It’s a bona fide American classic. It should be an event movie. A big, serious-minded epic with an awe-inspiring cast that is as faithful as possible to King’s narrative and intentions. This should be The Godfather of post-apocalyptic epics. I adapted the book and have King’s blessing. We got that awe-inspiring cast. But [Warner Bros.] didn’t want to spend what it would actually cost to make the movie. To have a real conversation about making this film at a level that is appropriate for the book King wrote is an 85- to-100-million-dollar conversation, which from where I’m sitting sounds like a no-brainer considering the mind-numbing nonsense that studios spend $250 million on. Which brings me back to that perception problem. They look at The Stand and wonder why they can’t make this post-apocalyptic horror movie for $35 million. King and I were most excited and continue to be most excited about a single three-hour event movie: The Godfather of post-apocalyptic movies.”

Does he have any studios in mind? “My hope is that we’ll go make that movie with Lionsgate,” Boone said. “My adaptation is incredibly faithful to King’s book, but the way I was able to contain all of it in a single three-hour film is: I shattered King’s structure and told the story non-linear. That was really what broke everything open for me. The opening scene is Mother Abigail on her deathbed sending our heroes off to make their stand against the Dark Man in Vegas, and then we jump back in time and you basically have three spinning timelines going the whole movie–Captain Trips, Boulder, and The Stand, same as the book, but they are all happening simultaneously. Sequences that fall hundreds of pages apart in the book stand side-by-side in the film, echoing and resonating in new and strange ways. I remain incredibly excited about that script. I can’t wait to make it. The Stand is the movie of a lifetime so I’m completely content waiting until someone gives us exactly what we need to do it right rather than to compromise.”

Source: Dread Central

Thanks to Lou Sytsma

Revial Before The Stand

Posted: February 2, 2016, 21:37:46

The movie version of The Stand has been pushed back to give Josh Boone a chance to turn Revival into a movie first. Bone and producer Michael De Luca have submitted the script to Universal, where the producer has a first-look deal. Boone has cleared his schedule for Revival, which he hopes to direct this year.

More info here.

Thanks to Lou Systema

The Stand; 8-Part TV Series & 1 Movie?

Posted: June 6, 2015, 01:08:54

The Stand on TV and in Theatres? Well, according to an article over at The Wrap that might be the case.


In addition to movie, Warner Bros., CBS Films and writer-director Josh Boone are in talks to mount an 8-part TV series

Before it hits a movie theater near you, Stephen King‘s epic post-apocalyptic novel “The Stand” will take a revolutionary detour to the small screen, as Warner Bros. and CBS Films are in talks with Showtime to mount an eight-part miniseries that will culminate in a big-budget feature film, multiple individuals familiar with the ambitious project have told TheWrap.

Josh Boone, the “Fault In Our Stars” director who boarded “The Stand” in February 2014, will write and direct the star-studded miniseries, which is expected to start shooting early next year as one cohesive production, according to insiders.

This has not been confirmed yet.

Lilja on PP3

Posted: November 24, 2014, 20:44:36

Here you can listen to me talking about The Stand movies on Swedish radio. I enter the show at the 1.35 mark.

The Stand To Be 4 Movies

Posted: November 20, 2014, 14:21:21

Kevin Smith has done an interview with Josh Boone in which he talks about movie version of The Stand (if you don’t want to listen to all of it you can jump in at the 1.20 mark). In the interview Josh says that he will do no less than 4 movies based on the book.

He also talks about the 3 hour version he wrote the script for first and how he dropped that without any hesitation when Warner offered him to do 4 movies instead of one. He also say that they hope start shooting next year, maybe in the spring.

Listen to the interview here.

Thanks to Anders Jakobson.

King on Stand Movie

Posted: October 6, 2014, 11:25:01

King talks The Stand movie.

Stand Update

Posted: September 11, 2014, 00:08:11

The Collider recently spoke to Josh Boone about The Stand and here are some things he said.


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.

And about when it might start shooting...

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.

Read the full interview here.

I also spoke to Josh today and he confirmed that the rumor that Matthew McConaughey has been offered the key role of Randall Flagg is incorrect.

Thanks to Douglas Dowie

Matthew McConaughey as Flagg?

Posted: August 23, 2014, 22:52:33

Could Matthew McConaughey play Flagg in the upcoming remake of The Stand? Well, several sources reports that Warner and Josh Boone wants him to. What do you think about McConaughey as The Walking Dude?


Thanks to Anders Jakobson and Lou Sytsma

The Stand To Be A Three-Hour, R-Rated, Movie

Posted: June 5, 2014, 16:32:25

Here is a quote from an interview with Josh Boone in Vulture:

So I’m a big Stephen King fan, and I know you’re a gigantic Stephen King fan, so I have to ask about The Stand. You’re directing it. What can you tell me about it?

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.

Thanks to Troy Tradup

Nat Wolff Cast in The Stand

Posted: May 7, 2014, 23:42:33

The Hollywood Reporter reports that Nat Wolff has been casted in The Stand.


Not only will he star in the next John Green adaptation, Paper Towns, but he has also landed a role in TFIOS director Josh Boone's next film, The Stand, he told The Hollywood Reporter during an interview on Sunday.

Boone is attached to direct the adaptation of Stephen King’s epic novel, which is being made by Warner Bros. and CBS Films. He tells THR that he's writing a part specifically for Wolff, making this the third project the duo will have worked on together.

The Stand, which is being produced by Jimmy Miller and Roy Lee, is a story of good versus evil after a virus wipes out most of the American population. It features dozens of characters (including such memorable ones as the Trashcan Man and Mother Abigail) and overlapping storylines running over many years as it tells of a group of survivors fighting the Antichrist-like Randall Flagg.

King, who now has a strong relationship with Boone after a receiving a moving letter from him at 12 years old, recently also gave Boone permission to adapt Lisey's Story.

Josh Boone Makes A Stand

Posted: March 27, 2014, 16:32:38

Today I spoke to Josh Boone (who’s developing Lisey’s Story for the big screen) and he told me he’s been hired by Warner Bros. to write and direct a 3 hour, R-rated feature film version of The Stand. As we speak Josh is writing the script and no release date has been set yet.

New director for The Stand?

Posted: February 26, 2014, 14:50:52

The Stand seems to change directors more often than I change socks...


Josh Boone may be the next director to attempt to take on a feature version of Stephen King’s post-apocalyptic novel “The Stand” for Warner Bros. and CBS Films.

Boone is in early talks to helm the film, which previously had Scott Cooper, Ben Affleck and David Yates attached.

Boone directed Fox’s “The Fault In Our Stars,” which stars Shailene Woodley and will be released on June 6. He has a long relationship with King and his feature debut “Stuck in Love” included King’s voice.

Thanks to Rick Urban

Paul Greengrass to direct The Stand?

Posted: November 27, 2013, 08:25:30

Warner keeps looking for directors for The Stand and now they're hoping to get Paul Greengrass. More info over at Bad Ass Digest.

Thanks to Renata Campos.

Stand lost it's director...again

Posted: November 21, 2013, 21:27:13

Brought aboard the project earlier this year, director Scott Cooper has now left Warner Bros.' adaptation of Stephen King's The Stand.

It is unclear why Cooper left. Sources say the parting was over creative differences, while one insider says it came down to the project’s potential rating. Cooper wants an R rating, in keeping with the rawness of King’s novel, while Warners, the lead on the project, aims to make a PG or PG-13 movie.

Another source said the project’s scope is so massive that the studios are not sure how many movies are needed to cover the entire adaptation.

Whatever the reason it must have been decide fast. Scott recently (during a recent press junket for "Out Of The Furnace") talked about it.


Thanks to Ari and Lou.

Affleck out and Cooper in?

Posted: August 23, 2013, 23:39:10

Scott Cooper is in talks to direct and rewrite The Stand, the adaptation of Stephen King’s epic novel being made by Warner Bros. and CBS Films.


Read more here and here.

Thanks to Troy Tradup and Lou Sytsma

Problem for The Stand?

Posted: November 17, 2012, 00:47:16

Ben Affleck & 'The Stand': Director Having 'Hard Time' With Stephen King Adaptation.


"Right now we're having a very hard time," he said. "But I like the idea -- it's like 'The Lord of the Rings' in America. And it's about how we would reinvent ourselves as a society. If we started all over again, what would we do?"

Thanks to Lou Sytsma

David Kajganich to pen The Stand?

Posted: January 19, 2012, 09:11:39

This was reported by New York Magazine today:


Meanwhile, just as Damon survived a global influenza pandemic last year in Contagion, his Pearl Street partner Ben Affleck is making progress on his own viral blockbuster: Stephen King’s The Stand, about survivors of a chemically weaponized super-flu. We hear that Affleck has hired screenwriter David Kajganich to pen the script after Kajganich wowed Warner Bros. with another recent King adaptation of the 1986 horror classic It – which, like The Stand, is being produced by Roy Lee and Doug Davison. Let's hope this goes better than the last produced outbreak drama Kadjanich wrote for WB: 2007's underperforming Nicole Kidman vehicle The Invasion.

Why Yates isn't doing The Stand

Posted: November 14, 2011, 16:40:19

David Yates says he's not making The Stand becasue it should be a TV Mini-Series. Read more about it here.

Thanks to Bev Vincent.

Ben Affleck taking a Stand

Posted: October 22, 2011, 15:30:48

Deadline reports that it's going to be Ben Affleck that's adapting King's The Stand:


Warner Bros has chosen Ben Affleck to adapt and direct The Stand, Stephen King’s apocalyptic mammoth book. Affleck has become a cornerstone director for the studio, but this would be his greatest challenge yet. Even King has been reticent about the idea of making a feature of his book, which previously was turned into a miniseries. With The Town and Gone Baby Gone, Affleck has shown the grit necessary to handle such an unforgettable tale. It’s early days, but the studio loves Affleck, who’s now directing Argo.

Thanks to Lou Sytsma

Yates and Kloves take a Stand

Posted: August 11, 2011, 21:58:23

Word is that Warner Bros. is in the process of finalizing the deals for David Yates and Steve Kloves to re-team for a multi-movie version of Stephen King's epic The Stand. Read more here.

Thanks to Anders Jakobson

David Yates to make a stand

Posted: July 16, 2011, 00:42:12

Bloody Disgusting reports that David Yates is thinking about turning The Stand into a three part movie:


David Yates, who directed the last four Harry Potter films, has the pick of the litter — or should we say, pick of the literature? — at the studio. Warner Bros. Pictures' top priority is a multi-picture adaptation of Stephen King’s The Stand. Vulture's spies report that Yates is flying into town tomorrow, and has been rereading King’s epic-length supernatural classic. Yates will decide if he wants to do the film sometime in the next two weeks. It is a big commitment, as the studio wants to split the giant book into three parts.

Thanks to Anders Jakobson and Al Mattice

King won't take a Stand

Posted: February 4, 2011, 10:28:11

The moderator on King's official board confirms that King won't be involved with the remake of The Stand.

10 things about The Stand

Posted: February 4, 2011, 08:52:07

Stephen King: 10 things I know about the remake of 'The Stand'


1. No one will be able to top Gary Sinise, who played Stu Redman in the original ABC miniseries. He was perfect. When he says “You don’t know nothing” to the soldiers who are putting him under mandatory quarantine, you believe his contempt completely. My runner-up pick would be Jake Gyllenhaal.

2. I didn’t know anything about the remake until I read about it on the Internet.

3. You absolutely can’t make it as a two-hour movie. If it was a trilogy of films…maybe.

4. Molly Ringwald won’t be playing Fran Goldsmith this time.

5. Rutger Hauer is a little too old to play the Walkin’ Dude, and that’s too bad.

6. People who’ve seen Kubrick’s The Shining dislike the miniseries I wrote (and my amigo Mick Garris directed) even if they haven’t seen it. That’s always annoyed me. But the wheel of karma turns! This time people will probably say, “The miniseries was lots better.” BUT…

7. …historically speaking, movie studios blow the budget on things like this, so maybe it’ll be fun to look at. The dough certainly isn’t going to me, although if it is a trilogy, and if it makes a lot of money, I might be able to buy a chicken dinner at Popeye’s. Great slaw!

8. Molly Ringwald will probably not play the Trashcan Man, either, but Billy Bob Thornton would be cool. Billy Bob’s always cool.

9. They need to write in a lot of heavy-metal for the soundtrack.

10. M-O-O-N, that spells “you probably won’t see this anytime soon.” And when you do, Woody Allen won’t be directing it. Or Molly Ringwald.

Thanks to Al Mattice

Time to take a Stand again?

Posted: February 1, 2011, 08:48:17

Warner and CBS are teaming up to make a big screen adaptation of The Stand. People have tried before without sucess so it'll be interesting to see how it goes this time.

Read more here.

Thanks to Alejandro Carmona, Randall Flagg and Louis Sytsma.