There is a lot to be said about rebooting movies, and sometimes they are good and sometimes they are very bad. Director Josh Boone and Warner Bros. Studios have decided to take on Stephen King's classic horror novel for the big screen coming soon.
We that are King fans remember when the original miniseries was released by ABC in 1994 with an all-star cast including the likes of Gary Sinise, Molly Ringwald, Jamey Sheridan, Miguel Ferrer, Rob Lowe, Laura San Giancomo, and the list goes on. While the TV version of the book has stood the test of time and deemed to be one of 'King's best' by many critics, like all motion picture studios over the course of time and when a film such as this has had its run on DVD, they decide that it is time for a makeover and spruce it up a bit. Now, multiple sites have confirmed that Matthew McConaghey will be reprising the role of the main antagonist of the story, the mysterious Randall Flagg (played by his predecessor, Jamey Sheridan).
Even more news that has leaked in the last few months have stated that there is to be a major ending change that many who know the story well have found out that it will include extra scenes, such as a fight on top of the Hoover Dame and a flood that is caused by the Trash Can Man rather than in the original where Las Vegas was destroyed after the said character had destroyed it with a nuclear warhead that he had stolen from a nearby Air Force base after the Hand of God came down and ignited the weapon. So far, things are looking a little grim after the research that I have performed.
Back in 2012, the original director that Warner Bros. had originally had their eyes set on was Ben Affleck, but they had cancelled this option due to 'complications'. Boone's resume has included the succesful dramatization of the novel The Fault In Our Stars, but that is about the extent of his limited resume. There has even been more information leaked recently about Boone, who will be adapting another of King's works to the silver screen, Lisey's Story, in 2015. Having only directed only a handful of films (one of them a New York Times bestseller) , Boone has a lot ahead of him with The Stand. King has been writing horror novels for decades, and just about every one of them has been met with critical acclaim, whether on the big screen or the small (ie Stephen King's It, The Green Mile, The Shawshank Redemption, Carrie, and The Shining, just to name a few). It is looking more and more live the Master of Horror has been letting more and more people into his pot and letting them take the reins of the carriage rather than he be the driver. At least, this is the impression.
More news has revealed two different stories as to how many will be made to include the film's entire story. Some have said one three-hour Rated-R film, while others have updated that it will be spread over a set of four films, so it's become very unclear as to what exactly is happening concerning this. When the series fist aired, it was spread over an entire week, with the first installment being four hours, the second three, the third three, and the last being two hours. This is why it is called an 'epic miniseries'. Now, we're looking at either having everything jammed into three hours or spanning the possibility of eight years or more, waiting for the chapters to be filmed and edited from pre to post-production.
What's even more interesting is that other than McConaghey, there has only been one other name released for this project in the form of young actor Nat Wolff, whose only role as of late was Boone's last film, The Fault In Our Stars. Word is that Boone is writing a special part for Wolff, but it has not been released yet on what that role will be. So, all we can do now is wait.
With this project and several others that I have learned that are in the works based on King novels ( a remake of It, Lisey's Story, Cell, and the long awaited Dark Tower series that is to be directed by Ron Howard), KIng's hands-on attitude towards these films seemed to have really tapered off. The last time that I had heard of him actually getting more involved in any project based in his work was ABC's maxi-series Kingdom Hospital in 2004. So, what exactly is it, Stephen? Wasn't it good enough the first time around?