I don’t think I’ve ever seen a cast list that has ever blown my mind as much as I’ve occasionally been, “Hmmm, I like that casting, that person should do well in that role.” Apparently that’s about to change as Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars) stopped by Kevin Smith‘s Smodcast to talk about his upcoming adaptation of Stephen King‘s “The Stand” an adaptation he says they are going to break into four movies “with a cast that’s going to blow people’s minds.” Oh dear!
As someone that has read King’s novel, I can actually understand splitting it up into multiple parts. It would probably be best suited for an eight episode television series such as how HBO treated “True Detective“, but they can more-or-less do the same with four, two hour movies. Problem is, that means we’re going to be dealing with getting these four movies over the course of four years rather than eight episodes over the course of two months. Not exactly the same and I’m getting too old and grouchy to get excited over 48 months of marketing pretty much sucking the air out of any anticipation I would otherwise have.
“We’re going to do four,” Boone said, “and we’re going to do ‘The Stand’ at the highest level you can do it at, with a cast that’s going to blow people’s minds. We’ve already been talking to lots of people, and have people on board in certain roles that people don’t know about…”
Casting rumors so far have Matthew McConaughy possibly playing the lead antagonist Randal Flagg and Boone’s Fault in Our Stars co-star Nat Wolff up for an unspecified role. Boone wrote the most recent draft of the screenplay and hopes to get started shooting early 2015. We’ll see what comes of it, but if they do go with four films I really hope they do it over the course of two years and not four, that would, at the very least, be a little more tolerable.