'Fault in Our Stars' Director Josh Boone Gets Stephen King's 'The Stand'
Last August we heard that Crazy Heart and Out of the Furnace director Scott Cooper had taken over a new adaptation of Stephen King's The Stand after Ben Affleck had to step away due to his next directorial project Live by Night and his new job as Batman in the Man of Steel sequel. However, it appears Cooper didn't stick with the project either as The Wrap has learned Warner Bros. and CBS Films have zeroed in on Josh Boone, director of the forthcoming The Fault in Our Stars starring Shailene Woodley, to take over the project. He will also adapt the book himself into a single, R-rated film that will be "faithful to the book."
Cooper left the project back in November over creative differences, which is understandable since The Stand isn't all that easy to adapt. For those who don't know, the story is set in a world where the American population has been decimated by a deadly virus and follows a small group of survivors who are waging war against a diabolical Antichrist of sorts named Randall Flagg. It's completely different than Boone's work on the aforementioned teenage, terminally ill romance, but the studio must like his take on the material. Here's hoping Boone can make the material work for a single movie on the big screen. Thoughts?