At this point, Warner Bros. should just develop a movie about their attempts to develop "The Stand" for the big screen. I'm sure there's been enough behind-the-scenes drama to justify it.
The studio has announced that 34-year-old Josh Boone has been given the directorial reigns - succeeding previous directors David Yates, Ben Affleck, and Scott Cooper. Whereas the original intention was to take Stephen King's 1163-page post-apocalyptic opus and spread it out over three films, the studio will reportedly now pursue the creation of a single film with an R rating. Ironically, the reticence of Warner Bros. to accept a more adult-focused tone for the rating (sources say they wanted something closer to a PG-13) is one of the reasons why director Scott Cooper quit the project last year.
The Wrap, which first broke the news, says Boone's adaptation will be "faithful to the book," but for anyone that's ever read "The Stand," it's incredibly difficult to understand how in the world a faithful adaptation could be condensed into only one movie. Already, fans of the novel have been voicing their displeasure over the decision.
"To make this into a movie, it MUST be a trilogy at the very least. With this news the movie has just been doomed to failure and no matter what director helms it that is all it has in it's future," writes one commenter on CinemaBlend.
"This story is epic in every sense of the word and to distill it into one movie is complete and utter folly. Condensing all the seperate strands of story into one movie can never be done and they all have their part to play in the overarching plot so to lose any one thread simply dooms this project from the off."
Indeed, when Ben Affleck was first brought on to lead development, he described "The Stand" as "The Lord of the Rings in America."
"And it's about how we would reinvent ourselves as a society," he added. "If we started all over again, what would we do?"
Unfortunately, Warner Bros. appears to be asking themselves the same question. Let's hope they come to their senses and rebuild with a franchise that's worthy of King's awesome post-apocalyptic world.
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