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“The Stand” Will Be R-Rated and 3-Hours Long!

The battle of good versus evil is going to be violent and lengthy.

In an interview with Vulture, The Fault in Our Stars‘ Josh Boone reveals that his adaptation of Stephen King’s “The Stand” will be 3-hours long and R-rated.

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.

Nat Wolff recently signed on to star in a story of good versus evil after a virus wipes out most of the American population. It features dozens of characters (including such memorable ones as the Trashcan Man and Mother Abigail) and overlapping storylines running over many years as it tells of a group of survivors fighting the Antichrist-like Randall Flagg.



  • Ltg1998

    I don’t think I’ve ever read a Stephan king book. Are there any good ones worth reading?

    • NinjinSteve

      They’re fantastic!! The Stand is amazing. His 8 book long Dark Tower series is phenomenal. The Shining, It, Salem’s Lot etc. etc. My current favorite is “11/22/63” a GREAT time travel story. Highly recommended!!

      • Vadicta

        The last three Dark Tower books were not so great–right down to Stephen King writing himself into the story as a sort of god over the universe -_-

        • Samael

          Spoiler Alert

          • Vadicta

            It’s not really specific to give away any of the characters, the plot, the world, or how any of these things interact with each other, and it isn’t interesting enough or any sort of set-up twist that would damage anyone’s desire to read the books at all. I didn’t even mention in the thousands of pages of books in this series where it happens, why it happens, or how it affects anything at all.

            Maybe I’m wrong, and now you or someone else never wants to read the books becasue you know what’s going to happen in the entire series, but I think you’re being pretty oversensitive here. I appreciate spoiler alerts, but only when they refer to something really pivotal to the plot.

          • EVIL BREAD

            I don’t care how “pivotal” or “interesting” YOU think it is. It was a surprise to you when you read it, and it won’t be a surprise to me when I read it.

          • Vadicta

            Well, I’d tell you why that won’t be the case, but THAT would involve spoilers, so I’ll just let you see for yourself 😉

          • Samael

            I’m not sure how you thought I was being oversensitive by two words. You have a pretty long explanation for nothing. Next time don’t forget the tl;dr.

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        • Georce Miller

          “Not so great” is an understatement. The Dark Tower ending is one of the biggest fizzles in publishing history. Most hardcore King fans even fans hate it.

        • bmg314

          Yeah, after years of saying he would probably never be able to finish the Gunslinger’s tale, he suddenly rushed (relatively speaking) the last few books out the door, and they felt rushed. Still my favorites from SK, but sometimes I wish they remained unfinished.

          In fact, a family member has never read past Wizard and Glass, and I tell him all the time to not go farther.

      • Ltg1998

        Thank you for the recommendations, I will definantly check them out!

    • James Allard

      My personal favorite is Cujo (some of my co-workers call me that… to my face, no less). A full grown 200 pound St. Bernard in his prime that is being torn apart by rabies: if that doesn’t scare you, nothing will. (Unless you are scared of clowns, and if that is the case, read IT.)

      • Ltg1998

        I fear once I read Cujo I will not trust my dog again, she shall forever get the distrusted side eye.

      • brewers_rule

        Cujo is a movie I can’t believe they haven’t remade by now. Give it to the guys from Saw & I’m sure they can squeeze a profit out of the blood & guts alone.

    • J Jett

      Ltg, i haven’t read many of King’s books but i loved his CELL. his IT was also pretty good.

      • Ltg1998

        I will definantly check out IT I’ve wanted to read that for a while and never got around to finding it.

    • Darren Fitz Gerald

      Read Salem’s Lot first, then The Shining, Christine, The Stand, It, Cujo, Pet Semetary, Misery, The Dead Zone…he’s got dozens but those are some of the best in my opinion.

      • Ltg1998

        So many books, I’m gonna be good on books for a while. Thank you for all the recommendations!

    • Chandler Of-Adelaide

      Read the Dark Tower series so you can find all the lovely easter eggs scattered throughout his other books.

      • brewers_rule

        The Dark Tower is the one series I can’t believe they haven’t pressed the gas to get done right and into theaters with all the fantasy movies of late still riding off the Harry Potter steam. You’d figure someone would get their heads screwed on right and get it out of development hell and into the hands of some writers & a director that will get what I believe to be King’s last great story that hasn’t made it to screen yet done.

        • Stephen Baltz

          Ron Howard has been shopping this around for almost a decade with russle crow and the guy from no country for old men (the hired killer). His vision is to have 3 movies with a tv series bridging the gap between. lots of studios have looked and passed so someday we will get it…

      • Eva Smith

        I couldn’t even get through the first book in this series! Not a typical Stephen King book.

    • Jon Bell

      i recommend pet cemetery and desperation. also eyes of the dragon and the gunslinger. there’s a lot of other ones, but those are a good start

      • Joel Raine

        Pet Semetary is a goddamn masterpiece. The first King book to really freak me out.

    • Seal_Clubber

      I “second” Pet Semetary. It’s a Masterpiece …

    • Wirehedd


      Just a reminder, IT.

  • Chandler Of-Adelaide

    The Stand is an amazing story but I’m rather hesitant. King’s novels don’t translate to film very well mainly due to his narrative structure revolving more around what people are thinking rather than what’s happening. Also, 3 hours? That doesn’t seem long enough to cover all the source material and I shudder at what they may cut and change to fit that time limit. :S

    • brewers_rule

      I agree regarding the 3 hours. If The Hunger Games & Twilight behoove multiple movies, The Stand should at least demand a pair of them to give it justice.

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  • brewers_rule

    2 things:
    1) This is continuing the fallacy of throwing a bunch of big names into a movie and assuming it will succeed without a great build up or storyling preceding it Batman v Superman & Amazing Spiderman 2 are attempting which I personally believe is not going to end well given that philosophy’s track record of devastation (Spidey 3, Batman & Robin etc).
    2) Can we place our bets now as to how much this movie is going to steal from The Walking Dead and piggyback some of that original’s success? I’ve got a hundred down that says we see characters that mirror half that show’s cast.

    • Heisenberg

      Have you read the book? There are no zombies. Plus the book was written in the Seventies. Long before the Walking Dead. Who is borrowing from who?

      • brewers_rule

        The book’s about a plague wiping out humanity and survivors banding together. Couple that with the popularity of The Walking Dead and you honestly believe that it’s impossible to think they may steal some of the cues from that show to make the reboot successful? Where exactly are there ANY parallels between The Walking Dead and the book since the former preceded the latter? The reason this reboot’s being discussed is based purely on the apocalyptic genre popularity running its course in Hollywood and WAS initiated by the success of The Walking Dead, was it not?

        • Heisenberg

          What? Were you talking to me that whole time?

    • randallstarr

      Dude, you need to not speak about things that aren’t directly in your wheelhouse. I don’t even know where to begin with that, it’s dumbness heaped onto stupidity on a foundation of bad information.

      • brewers_rule

        Um, okay, total critique without an ounce of examples or points and I’M the one with “dumbness heaped onto stupidity on a foundation of bad information?” I think you may wanna go back to grammar school debates, randall, because personally, I left “you’re dumb, go away” back in Kindergarten. If you’re gonna disagree, at least do it with some integrity and points and not uncontrolled mopishness.

        • randallstarr

          i didn’t even read that shit after first sentence, and here’s why. THIS IS THE INTERNET. Not real life, not the office, not ur living room. We’re guys who r sick, tired of all the day to day nice drivel and bullshit and “I disagree,” “Have you considered…” Fuck that. We’re here to be ourselves and remove all the social exercises and niceties we fill into every single damn thing we say out in the world, and online we like to cut loose and take on a sort of amped up, sarcastic version of yourself. I’m not like this at all in life, but online I say exactly what I think. Sites like this are filled with young, single guys and if you want nice discussion go to the Lifetime website or some shit.

          • brewers_rule

            So, you subscribe to the theory it’s all right to be an a-hole online because you CAN? I see. True troll theory at its best.

  • sweetooth0

    The Stand cannot be done in 3hrs. Period.

  • ThunderDragoon

    I never did watch the mini-series or read the book. I guess I should do that lol.

    • Evan3

      Easily one of the best books of all time.

  • zombie84_41

    Now lets hope he sticks to his word and can get this mad, before either the MPASSHOLES I mean MPAA and studio tools fuck it up.

  • M M

    At least break it out into two 3 hour films.

    • Evan3

      Agreed. If any book deserves LOTR treatment, its this. Please, give me 9 hours of PG-13 screentime rather than 3 hours of shit. I don’t think the studio has any faith in this.

  • The_Whore_Whisperer

    Bullshit! They will puss out on the R rating right at the end.

  • KnightOfTears

    The Stand should be 6 hours minimum. Anything less will be a rushed, money-making mass hysteria that will do nothing more than piss everyone off.

    • randallstarr

      Really? We need every meeting in that town hall in Colorado? We need the Kid sexually abusing Trashcan Man? I think a shorter version would pack less punch, but would actually be watchable by human beings.

  • Aaron

    Man, I don’t know about this. Stephen King books tend to make such terrible movies. When I go see a film, I don’t see it because it has an “all-star cast”. Those are the films I usually avoid, because they tend to be overhyped garbage. Rather than rely on great moviemaking, they rely on the draw of a few big-name actors to make some cash before fading forgettably away.

    What I’d prefer is a cast of great no-name actors and a beautifully written and filmed movie.

    • Stephen King books do make crap movies, usually. But I firmly believe that that doesn’t have to do with King’s books. They just don’t get respect in Hollywood/CIA. Storm Of The Century? Now that was awesome. There aren’t enough serious evil wizard movies.

  • WellDoneProductions

    3 hours? Mick Garris’ miniseries was 366 minutes. So much will be cut for a 3 hour version and the pacing will be a mess. Mick did a great job and it, too, had an all-star cast for that time and made for a great mini-series. Making it an “R” isn’t going to make a difference. SHAWSHANK was a novella and look how long–and great–that film is? The story dictates the length of the movie. To tell someone you have 3 hours to tell a 6 or 8 hour story means they simply don’t “get” the story. Rent/buy Mick’s mini-series and see what it should be like.

  • ThatGuyInRF

    I don’t know why they don’t go to HBO or Showtime and just have a Stephen King series where every season is spent on one book. A full 13 episodes of hard R “The Stand”, “It”, “Insomnia”…all the really long detailed ones and also ‘The Dark Tower” ala “Game of Thrones” style.

  • DoigtDuPeuple

    wait… they are doing this again??!?!? 20 yrs later but really? We need another take on this?…

    • I couldn’t even tell from the article whether a movie or tv movie was being discussed.

    • ArlingtonVA’s Finest

      The first movie was atrocious.

      That is why the film is being remade.

      • DoigtDuPeuple

        Hopefully they can make it good…

  • rob247

    I’m all for R-rated movies, but not sure why this one needs to be more than PG-13. You can get pretty gory with PG-13 and not like there are many sex scenes or F-bombs in the book. From what I understand, PG-13 movies get more budget to work with on account of the larger audience.

    • ArlingtonVA’s Finest

      Life is not rated PG-13.

      The R rating is appropriate for this film.

  • Pig Farmer Bill

    Hollywood has gone to shit.

  • Itsjust Penny

    I hope SK plays Trash Can Man!

  • Tara Bolden

    Only 3 hours long?? How can that whole book be condensed to 3 hours, when the original version was 4 2-hour long parts – 8 hours total???

  • Randall Flagg

    As long as that hack Mick Garris is in no way involved, then I am happy

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