Following in the footsteps of the likes of Ben Affleck and Scott Cooper (both of whom have since dropped out), Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars) is close to singing a deal to write and direct Warner Bros. and CBS Films’ upcoming adaptation of Stephen King’s novel, The Stand, according to TheWrap.
Cooper was the last helmer attached, but he left last November over creative differences.
Although impossible to boil down to a simple plot, The Stand’s over-arcing premise sees a plague known as Captain Trips wiping out pretty much everyone in the world. The survivors then begin sharing a dream of a strange, evil figure, and slowly come together to try and defeat the anti-Christ like Randall Flaggs. It’s basically good vs. evil told on a massive, apocalyptic scale. It was turned into a miniseries in 1994, but despite being much loved by many, the huge plot and ensemble narrative have defeated numerous attempts to take it to the big screen.
It isn’t known when they hope to shoot this long-gestating project.