Stephen King's 'The Stand' to become 3-hour epic

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Stephen King's "The Stand" is to revisit screens as a Josh Boone film. (All Rights Reserved)

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Stephen King's "The Stand" is to have its cinematic adaptation realized as a three-hour epic with "an amazing A-list cast" according to "The Fault in Our Stars" director Josh Boone.

"We're gonna do one three-hour, R-rated version with an amazing A-list cast across the board," Boone told New York Magazine's Vulture. "Every single one of those characters will be somebody you recognize and somebody you relate to. And it's gonna be awesome."

With its movie adaptation first announced in February, 1978 novel "The Stand" could easily have become a multi-part franchise.

In fact, the likes of Gary Sinise, Rob Lowe and Molly Ringwald starred in 1994's four-part Emmy Award-winning television miniseries.

Like the miniseries' director Mick Garris, who collaborated on numerous King adapations, Boone is evidently a fan of the prolific writer's work.

"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," he revealed. "I still say everything I learned about writing I learned from Stephen King."

In fact, in a 2013 interview with Collider, Boone recalled how he glued the covers of religious books to his copies of King's novels in order to smuggle them past his family; his parents' distrust of the author's work dissolved when Boone sent some copies to King with an autograph request, and King returned them not merely signed but with a letter written inside each cover.


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