Josh Boone is the latest filmmaker to attempt to adapt Stephen King’s ‘The Stand’

Interview-Josh-Boone-Talks-Stuck-in-LoveI’ve been talking up Josh Boone for the better part of a year now, ever since I saw his film Stuck in Love. Since then, he’s made the adaptation of The Fault in Our Stars that so many are excited about, and now he seems to be next in line to take on Stephen King‘s novel The Stand. After Ben Affleck, Scott Cooper, and David Yates flirted with adapting the post apocalyptic story, reports have Boone now signing on to direct. You can see that story below (along with a great anecdote about the relationship that Boone has with King), but I’m all for a higher profile for this director…

Here’s the story from The Hollywood Reporter:

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.

The companies previously had Scott Cooper on board to direct (as well as write) but left the project in November over creative issues. Before that, Ben Affleck and David Yates were attached as directors.

Jimmy Miller and Roy Lee are producing the project.

Boone isn’t a name yet but may have awareness in a surprising demo: teens. The writer-director is in post on The Fault In Our Stars, Fox 2000’s adaptation of the mega-popular YA novel by John Green. The movie will be released June 6.

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 burnt 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, who even played himself in Boone’s feature debut, 2012’s Stuck in Love, and recently gave Boone permission to adapt Lisey’s Story.
The Stand is a story of good vs. evil after a virus wipes out most of the American population. It features dozens of characters (including such memorable one as the Trashcan Man and Mother Abigail) and overlapping story lines running over many years as it tells of a group of survivors fighting the Antichrist-like Randall Flagg.

Boone is repped by CAA.

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