There’s confidence, there’s hubris, and then there’s Warner Bros.’ developing big screen adaptation of Stephen King‘s "The Stand." If making the leap from smaller character driven dramas to what was previously described as a three-hour, R-rated movie wasn’t enough, "The Fault In Our Stars" director Josh Boone says the plans for the project just got a helluva lot bigger.
Stopping by Kevin Smith‘s Hollywood Babble-On podcast (via Slashfilm), Boone revealed how his single movie version has now morphed into a massively-scaled quartet of films. "I really wanted to do an A-list actor, really grounded, credible version of the movie. I sold them on that and they hired me…I sold them on a single, three hour movie," Boone explained. "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 that book and get everything into that script… So what happened is the script gets finished, I write it in like five months, everybody loves it, King loves it, $87 million is what it was budgeted at, really expensive for a horror drama that doesn’t have set pieces."
So far, so good, but a movie without set pieces? Not in today’s world of tentpole filmmaking. So Warner Bros. wanted the project beefed up, and Boone jumped at the opportunity. "They came back and said, ‘would you do it as multiple films?’ and I said, ‘Fuck yes!’ I loved my script, and I was willing to drop it in an instant because you’re able to do an even truer version that way," Boone said.
"So I think we are going to do like four movies. I can’t tell you anything about how we’re going to do them, or what’s going to be in which movie," he continued. "I’ll just say we are going to do four movies, and we’re going to do ‘The Stand’ at the highest level you can do it at, with a cast that’s going to blow people’s minds. We’ve already been talking to lots of people, and have people on board in certain roles that people don’t know about. We’re looking to go into production next year, maybe in the spring."
And certainly, everyone involved in the project is aiming very high. In case you forgot, Matthew McConaughey is wanted for a role, and even if he doesn’t take it, that’s likely the calibre of actor Boone and studio are aiming for.
Is four parts too much or will it serve King’s material just right? Let us know below and listen to Boone on Smith’s podcast.