the stand split

Warner Bros. has worked on a new version of The Stand for a few years, using Stephen King‘s post-apocalyptic novel as a basis for work by a few different creative teams. Most recently Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars), a lifelong fan of King’s work, came on board to write and direct a single-film adaptation of the novel. A single film — even a three-hour R-rated one — seems insufficient to properly adapt the novel which felt heavily condensed when done as a 360-minute mini-series for television. Now King himself suggests that we could see The Stand split into more than one film, though he’s cautious about saying too much.  Read More »

McConaughey the stand

Writer/director Josh Boone is down with the McConaissance, for obvious reasons, and he wants the actor to play a lead role in The Stand. Depending on which of Matthew McConaughey‘s roles are most prominent in your mind, however, the role choice might surprise you. And the choice is great, so read more below.

Update: Sadly, Boone said via Twitter that this is not true.

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When The Fault in Our Stars director Josh Boone was hired to direct The Stand for Warner Bros., we assumed that the intent on the studio side would be to make a film or pair of films with a broad appeal. In other words, we figured that WB wanted Boone to craft a film that could harness some of the teen appeal and social media buzz of The Fault in Our Stars. Turns out that might not be quite the case, as the director says he plans a single film (but a very long one) with an R rating. Read More »

Nat Wolff The Stand

This will probably help frame the direction Josh Boone plans to take his adaptation of Stephen King‘s massive post-apocalyptic novel The Stand. While Warner Bros. has cycled through few different filmmakers to adapt the novel, the studio finally landed on Boone, director of Stuck in Love and the upcoming adaptation The Fault in Our Stars. That latter film is going to be HUGE, and there’s little doubt that Warner Bros. hoped Boone could bring a four-quadrant teen appeal to The Stand.

And now he’s writing a role for Nat Wolff, the actor who features in The Fault in Our Stars. Read More »


There’s been another shuffle on The Stand over at Warner Bros. While Scott Cooper was recently the latest writer/director linked to the adaptation, he fell away thanks to disagreements over done and approach. Now Josh Boone, whose film The Fault in Our Stars is set to open later this year, is in talks to direct.  Read More »

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Briefly: The new feature film adaptation of Stephen King novel The Stand has been a difficult thing for Warner Bros. to get off the ground. Filmmakers such as Harry Potter duo David Yates and Steve Kloves; Ben Affleck; and Crazy Heart and Out of the Furnace director Scott Cooper have all been attached to versions of the adaptation in the past couple years.

Now Badass Digest reports that the top choice at WB to take over the project is Paul Greengrass, who hit big this year with Captain Phillips. Read More »

Scott Cooper Leaves WB’s ‘The Stand’ Adaptation


Briefly: The Warner Bros. adaptation of Stephen King’s massive novel The Stand has become something of a revolving door project for creatives. Harry Potter screenwriter/director pair Steve Kloves and David Yates were on board at one point, but gave way to Ben Affleck after some time in development. Then Affleck moved on, and Scott Cooper, of Crazy Heart and the upcoming Out of the Furnace, came on to rewrite and direct.

Now Cooper has bailed, too. Read More »


Warner Bros. has been working on a new feature film version of Stephen King‘s giant apocalyptic novel The Stand, which was previously made into a televised mini-series. A few different writers and directors have been attached over the past couple years, with the most recent being Ben Affleck, but now the studio has settled on someone new.

Scott Cooper, who wrote and directed Crazy Heart and the upcoming Out of the Furnace (trailer here), is now in talks to direct and rewrite The Stand. Read More »

If Ben Affleck, the actor, had it good when it came to choosing films, Ben Affleck, the director, has it even better. He’s three for three in terms of successful films, both commercially and critically, and his home studio of Warner Bros. wants to keep him happy. While he was rumored to be offered Justice League, one major property we know he’s been thinking about is Stephen King‘s The Stand. The novel is an epic tome about a virus that wipes out the world and the survivors who attempt to rebuild society while under a cloud of supernatural darkness.

Affleck was recently asked about status of that project and admitted adaptation was proving difficult. He also described it as “Lord of the Rings in America.” Read his quote and more after the jump. Read More »

David Kajganich Writing Ben Affleck’s ‘The Stand’

Briefly: Warner Bros. has spent a lot of time developing big-budget adaptations of two classic Stephen King tomes, It and The Stand. The latter has seen a lot more activity of late, with Harry Potter team David Yates and Steve Kloves briefly attached to make the film before they decided one or two feature films wouldn’t do justice to the material. Ben Affleck stepped in as director, and now that he’s done shooting the true-life thriller Argo, he seems to be moving forward with The Stand.

But this one isn’t going to shoot super-fast. Vulture reports that David Kajganich has been hired to rewrite write The Stand. Kajganich also did the latest draft of It, as well as being one of the writers on the Pet Sematary remake. (He’s the new Mick Garris!) He’s also credited with writing the barely-seen Joel Schumacher movie Blood Creek and Invasion of the Body Snatchers remake The Invasion.

Vulture says Kajganich “wowed” Warners with his It script, so we’ll see how this goes. The Stand is material that either needs a sprawling structure or a hell of a trim, if not both. Not the easiest adaptation.