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Stephen King has more of his books turned into TV series and movies than literally anybody else. His novel 11.22.63 is currently running on Hulu, and his Dark Tower series is moving forward, though in a very confusing way. With so many projects being worked on, it’s only fair that King would have, at least, one work in another well-known part of the Hollywood process: development hell.
A feature film adaptation of Stephen King’s magnum opus The Stand has been on the drawing board for years. It’s seen multiple directors over the years and while things appeared to be moving forward with Josh Boone (The Fault In Our Stars) both writing and directing the film, or films, that’s now off the table as well... at least, at the moment. According to producer Roy Lee’s interview with Collider, Boone is looking at making a different movie that he’s written now. This has put The Stand on the back burner.
Right now it’s just in a holding pattern trying to figure out how to best make the movie because we’ve toyed with breaking it up into multiple movies, making it into one, making it into two. The latest draft, Josh Boone had written it and he was very anxious to make it but since then has written another script, Revival, which he’s gonna do beforehand. So we’re just waiting for that.
Interestingly, Josh Boone’s other film that will be keeping him busy for the next little while is also based on a Stephen King book, Revival. Samuel L. Jackson is already interested in a role in the project, so things look to be moving forward much faster here than they are for The Stand.
At this point, the production can afford to wait for Boone. Warner Brothers’ option on the movie recently expired, reverting all the rights back to CBS Films. As CBS had gone looking for a partner to help them produce the film in the first place, it’s likely they’ll want to do so again. This means the movie will be at a standstill until CBS can find a new studio to team up with.
In addition to the film being placed on hold, it appears the plans for a companion TV series have been completely jettisoned. One of the numerous plans considered for this new production of The Stand was to open it with a multiple-episode TV series and then use the feature film as a finale. That idea is now apparently off the table. It’s now being considered as either a multi-part film series, or possibly, one single film. This was originally how Josh Boone had written his script but it got Warner Brothers so excited that they began to look at ways to expand it.
Will The Stand ever make it to the screen? If it ever does, what form would you like to see it take?