Speaking to Vulture, Boone laid out his vision for the movie, telling them that “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 recognise and somebody you relate to. And it’s gonna be awesome.”
The Stand has passed through the hands of directors Ben Affleck and Scott Cooper, but Boone says he couldn’t be more thrilled that he’s going to be the one to bring King’s brilliant doorstop to the screen.
“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.”
With The Dark Tower locked in development hell, it’s great to hear that there’s movement on The Stand. Now It just needs to get going…