Friday, May 9, 2014

Nat Wolff and Josh Boone to Take The Stand Together


WOW! Josh Boone just snagged another Stephen King adaptation. The Stand! Remember Boone has been a HUMUNGOUS lifetime fan of King's, writing his hero an epic fan letter as a teenager he received a box of signed Stephen King novels in return. And last November he was awarded with King's blessing on an adaptation of Lisey's Story.  That's still listed as being in preproduction with a release planned for 2015, so unless The Stand is replacing that in Boone's filmmaking future, it looks like he'll be doing some juggling. 

The newest of the news is that Boone's Stuck in Love star, Nat Wolff, has joined the adaptation. Besides Stuck in Love, Wolff can be seen in Boone's The Fault in Our Stars coming out next month and in Paper Towns, another John Green adaptation that Boone has in the works. He's also in Palo Alto, an adaptation of some James Franco short stories.



Boone has called Wolff his lucky rabbit's foot -
"He's a wonderful improviser, he's my secret weapon, my lucky rabbit's foot," Boone told THR. "Two or three of the biggest laughs in my first movie, he improvised. He's gonna be in every movie I make." The director said he was first introduced to Wolff by Stuck in Love's Liana Liberato, and also praised his performance in Palo Alto as "terrifying ... I really enjoyed it."
The Stand was previously brought to the small screen in 1994 in a four-part mini-series which starred Rob Lowe, Molly Ringwald and Gary Sinse. I gotta say if it was 1994 I missed it, that's how freaked out I was by the Northridge earthquake here in L.A. We actually left town and drove cross country in search of earthquake free living - but, yeah, we came back.  



Recall the plot? 
"When a man escapes from a biological testing facility, he sets in motion a deadly domino effect, spreading a mutated strain of the flu that will wipe out 99 percent of humanity within a few weeks. The survivors who remain are scared, bewildered, and in need of a leader. Two emerge--Mother Abagail, the benevolent 108-year-old woman who urges them to build a community in Boulder, Colorado; and Randall Flagg, the nefarious "Dark Man," who delights in chaos and violence." Amazon
Check out the trailer for the 6 hour mini-series. Six hours! How Josh Boone is going to trim the book down into some sort of acceptable cinematic running time remains to be seen. The current paperback from Anchor weighs in at 1472 pages! 




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