What may not be news to you, is sometimes news to us at The Cinematic Katzenjammer. Director Josh Boone, who had just directed the mega-hit The Fault in Our Stars has been attached to direct two Stephen King adaptations for quite some time now. It was announced last year that he would be bringing Lisey’s Story to the big screen, while a couple of months later word spread that he would also direct The Stand, after Ben Affleck, David Yates, and Scott Cooper all left the project. Since the announcements, all has been silent from both Boone and Warner Bros. with no information on which project will come first, or if they’re even moving forward. That is, until now.
Josh Boone and I have tweeted ever so briefly in the past, but I figured it was worth a shot to ask which adaptation we will be getting first. And we now have an answer:
Now, while some may believe this news is essentially nothing (which it kind of is), this means a lot more than you may think. First, Lisey’s Story was scheduled for a 2015 release, but will obviously be pushed back to shoot The Stand first, meaning we may be getting an adaptation for Stephen King’s 1000 page book sooner than you might think. I’m guessing a 2016 release depending on how far along Boone is with the screenplay (he’s chatted about a cast already). We know the plan is for it to be a single, three-hour R-rated cut with an “A-list cast,” but that doesn’t mean that idea can’t change as negotiations come around.
Second, Warner Bros. has some serious faith in Boone; as do I. The studio went through some large names with Affleck and Yates to take this story at the start, and while stylistically the film(s) was sure to be gorgeous, I think Boone is the perfect guy for the job. Just watch Boone’s debut, Stuck in Love, to see his admiration for Stephen King on film, but there are also hidden King books in the background of The Fault in Our Stars. Boone is a King fanatic, having expressed his feelings for him in the past as influential, THIS is the guy who needs to bring Stephen King’s most ambitious novel to the silver screen – someone who adores the source material. I could go on about how the single, three-hour film restriction could help the film tremendously, especially considering how The Stand manages to end, but that is another article entirely. Just remember, that when filmmakers alter King’s text to the screen, it manages to always work out for the better*.
With what little information this interaction holds, just knowing what is coming first answers a lot of questions I was having about both projects. At least we know that neither is dead. Josh Boone is a smart guy, he knows how to make a good film, I just hope Warner Bros. doesn’t try to walk over him with this one. That’s doubtful with him writing the script as well as directing, but with past creative differences I want Boone to do what he thinks is best. Hopefully we’ll hear more from him soon, with possible casting news and an official release date. But for now, Lisey’s Story will have to wait.
*Stephen King infamously hated Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of The Shining for his changes, and look how that film turned out.
What do you guys think of the news? Are you excited that Josh Boone will be helming Stephen King’s adaptations? Do you wish he would direct Lisey’s Story first, leaving room to perfect The Stand? Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.