Stephen King Responds to Latest ‘STAND’ News

Herner Klenthur


Just recently Jason gave you all a new update on the upcoming Stephen King movie and now Stephen King himself has shared his thoughts on the new planned movie at Warner Brothers.

As you all should know Ben Affleck was initially slated to direct the project but ever since he decided to fight crime in Gotham it became obvious the studio would need a new director. That new director is complete unknown Josh Boone who has only directed two films according to his IMDB page.

Josh may not have 30 films under his belt but he does have an incredible passion for Stephen King which he had on full display when he recently spoke to Vulture telling them;

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.

Josh then laid out the framework for what he had planned with the film, namely he thinks he will be allowed to make one big monster 3 hour movie.

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 recognize and somebody you relate to. And it’s gonna be awesome. I’m really excited. It’s the most exciting thing I’ve ever got to do in my entire life.

Now let’s be honest here I love his passion but I think we all know that Warner Brothers will not blow their load on just one movie. They will go the whole nine yards and spin this puppy into as many sequels as possible. Stephen King has recently weighed in on the project and thrown his support behind the new director telling EW that he admires Josh’s passion;

He’s young and he’s ambitious and he’s totally behind the book and he seems to be doing a great job and seems to have a lot of support behind him from Warner Bros. So I have my fingers crossed, but that’s all that you need to do right? You just cross your fingers and hope.

Stephen King has a long rooted connection with Josh Boone which may or may not explain how he got a helping hand into the directors chair in the first place. As a tween his mother found his disguised copy of The Stand and burned it. In response Josh wrote to Stephen King who in turn mailed him signed copies of his books.

What are your thoughts on the upcoming STAND movie? Do you think that Josh has the pedigree to pull it off or would Ben Affleck have been better?


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      1. lance malarky June 8, 2014 at 12:55 pm

        (just so you know, you wrote Ben Stiller instead of Afflick at the begining)… As you guys may be aware, I get quite excited when I here anything about King coming to the big screen. I think it certainly helps to have someone with a great passion when directing a movie. But this is a biggy and experience will really make all the difference. I would feel more comfortable if I knew he had a helping hand. As you said, WB will probably want to squeeze as much juice out of this as possible and if it starts off wrong, it will lose any momentum they hope to gain for sequals. I like the idea of a revamp of The Stand, but something I found recently was my distaste for the new From Dusk Till Dawn series. The main reason for that was because I had already seen the movie and the series just seemed to be a longer version of it, with some new stuff added, but in my opinion, wasn’t thrilling enough. And that’s my worry about this. The original Stand was long and from my recollection, it hit all the main points the book did. I don’t think he can add anything to it and all they will be doing is reaching a new fan base, but for people who have already watched it/ read it, it could turn them off. I will of course watch it, but don’t hold out much hope. Been there, done that. I would prefer to give 3hours plus of my life to something I haven’t seen before.

        • Herner Klenthur June 8, 2014 at 3:25 pm

          Great comment and thank you for catching my attempts to turn this movie into a romantic comedy with Ben stiller :)

      2. Sunshine June 8, 2014 at 2:49 pm

        Sometimes, a little fresh meat is all you need. I think both Affleck and Boone have something different to bring to the table. I’m glad to see this thing gaining momentum again.

      3. changeling69 June 9, 2014 at 7:05 pm

        Great read here…..thanx :)

      4. RichardFannin June 10, 2014 at 8:53 am

        They better have a DAMN good actor playing Flagg this time. I personally hated the version of Flagg from the miniseries, I just couldn’t take him seriously. Without a doubt he’s my favorite fictional character of all time (all of his incarnations, not just him from The Stand), so they better get him right.