For many, many years now, fans the world over, have been debating on the proper way to pay homage to Stephen King’s best selling novel, ‘The Stand’. The movie must be epically long, and must have a hard ‘R’ rating. Well, fans can now put that debate on hold, because director Josh Boone told Vulture that he plans on making the movie at least 3 hours long, and with an R rating.
“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.”
No news of who will be playing which characters, but this news should come as a relief to fans of Stephen King’s works. Another concern, is that Boone won’t be given full power to really give a Stephen King adaptation the treatment it deserves, but Boone is a close friend of King, and considered to be in the writer’s “inner circle”. There has been no official dates set for ‘The Stand’, as of yet.
The Stand is one of my favorite Stephen King books. I remember well, the 1994 television mini-series with Rob Lowe, and I remember it being pretty good, although it didn’t really do the book justice.
With a director like Boone, who is already promising fans that the movie will be 3 hours long and have an R rating, I am now pretty darned excited for this movie. I just hope that he includes how to spell his name…M-O-O-N that spells Josh Boone…laws yes!