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Keeping up with news about the movie adaptation of Stephen King's "The Stand" is a full time job. Seems like a thousand directors have been attached and an equally ridiculous number of stars but it seems that when director Josh Boone signed onto the project, things got real.

In a recent episode of the Kevin Smith podcast Hollywood Babble-On, Boone shared some insight into the project including dropping the big bomb that rather than one movie, The Stand will now be four movies.

In his own words, via the good folks at AITH:

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.

All good right? Except the studio wasn't ready to commit to the budget and so instead, Boone is re-writing the project as four smaller films and as far as I can see, this is good news all around. The fans are happy because they get a more complete version of the story, Boone is happy because he gets more time to tell the story and the studio is happy because they don't have to shell out $87 million dollars for a movie. The only possible problem: if the first movie bombs, we'll only get 1/4 of The Stand. Seems like a good gamble to me.

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chuck (7 years ago) Reply

An adaptation of The Stand broken into 4 parts to allow enough room for the story to be told is a great idea! Why hasn't anyone thought of this before?


Koolz (7 years ago) Reply

I am getting that old Dune Feel here!


donc48 (7 years ago) Reply

I've been up and down over Kings work, but The Stand is a masterpiece if you can get though it. Breaking it into four parts is just common sense.

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