Josh Boone Says The Stand Will Be Three Hours Long
Posted by Joseph Lee on 06.06.2014
In an interview with Vulture, director Josh Boone (The Fault In Our Stars) said that his version of Stephen King's The Stand will be three hours long and R-rated. Here are highlights:
On his plans for The Stand: "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."
On working on The Fault In Our Stars, with plot details known to many people: "I didn't think about it that much, to be honest. I read the book when I was making my first movie, just for pleasure. I had read [John Green's] Looking for Alaska before that, and then Nat Wolff [who plays Isaac in TFIOS] started sending me the script and was like, Boom, we gotta do this! So I didn't know about Nerdfighters. I didn't know about John Green's YouTube presence. I really just thought he was the writer who wrote the book, so I kind of learned that stuff after I had gotten the job. John was on set and was so great that just having him being happy with stuff, for me, gave me validation. 'If he's happy, I guess the fans will be happy with it.' He was my audience to play to."
On being emotional watching Shailene Woodley's performance: "I remember being really emotional in her audition, and I remember being really emotional when she cried in bed, but that was the only scene on set I cried at. I'm so busy all the rest of the time. And when you're editing the movie, you get so dead to it. I mean, I've seen that movie probably 65 times or something. So I don't feel anything. I'm like, Can this person please die already? Going and seeing it after all those months watching it, and seeing it with young audiences, I was able to experience it emotionally through them and their reactions. But you get very clinical about it. It becomes so clinical, cold, and detached. You've got to let a lot of stuff go. So I'm dead inside [laughs]."