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Stephen King's The Stand

11/21/14 - Warner Bros plans to allow director Josh Boone to turn Stephen King’s epic novel The Stand into a four-part franchise.  Helmers like Ben Affleck wrestled with the daunting task of turning King’s original 1168 page blockbuster into a single film. It is virtually impossible, which is why the sole transfer was a pretty fine miniseries in 1994. Boone told Kevin Smith that Warner Bros actually suggested to him a more ambitious plan.  Said Boone: “They asked, would you do this as multiple films. I said f*ck yes. I think we’re going to do four movies. Do The Stand at the highest level you can do it at, with a cast that’s going to blow peoples’ minds.  Boone is writing that first installment.  Source:


5/7/14 - Nat Wolff has landed a role in director Josh Boone's next film, The Stand.  Boone is attached to direct the adaptation of Stephen King’s epic novel, which is being made by Warner Bros. and CBS Films.   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.  Source: The Hollywood Reporter


2/26/14 - Josh Boone is in early talks to direct The Stand, the adaptation of Stephen King’s epic novel being made by Warner Bros. and CBS Films.  Jimmy Miller and Roy Lee are producing the project.  Boone already has a King connection dating back to when he was 12 and King's books were banned in his household. The writer-director has previously recounted how he was forced to rip covers off of Christian books and tape them to King books just so he could slyly read them. The Stand however, faced a cruel fate: His mom found it under his bed and subsequently burned it in the fireplace.  Boone, still 12, wrote a moving letter to the author to which he responded by sending the boy a box filled with books, with a letter written in the front covers of the tomes. The act impressed his parents, who then lifted the ban.  It started a lifelong relationship with King. Source: The Hollywood Reporter


8/23/13 - Ben Affleck will exit Warner Bros. and CBS Films' adaptation of Stephen King's post-apocalyptic novel The Stand, which will now be directed by Scott Cooper.  Cooper is in talks to rewrite and direct.  Roy Lee and Jimmy Miller are producing the project.  Published in 1978, "The Stand" takes place after a virus has killed most of the American population. The epic novel chronicles the battle between good and evil as it concerns dozens of survivors with overlapping storylines.  Source:


1/31/11 - Warner Bros. and CBS Films are teaming to adapt Stephen King's The Stand, according to The Hollywood Reporter.  Mosaic and Roy Lee are producing.  The companies will co-develop and co-produce the feature film, with CBS having the option to participate in co-financing. Warners will handle worldwide marketing and distribution.  The studios and producers will sit down with writers and directors in the coming weeks in an attempt to find the right take on the material.  King will be involved in some capacity.  The Stand is a story of good vs. evil after a virus wipes out most of the American population. While it features dozens of characters and overlapping story lines running over many years, the struggle boils down to a group of survivors fighting the Antichrist-like Randall Flagg. 
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