Director Josh Boone says The Stand will be a single, three-hour R-rated film

the-stand-movieNow that a director has finally been secured in Josh Boone (Stuck in Love, The Fault in Our Stars), it seems that Warner Bros. and CBS Film is pushing full steam ahead with their long-gestating adaptation of Stephen King’s apocalyptic magnum opus The Stand, and speaking to Vulture, Boone has offered an insight into their plans for the film:

“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. 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.”

What do you make of that? Is it possible to do The Stand justice with a single three-hour film? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below….

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