The Stand Movie Will Be Three Hours Long

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Hollywood has toyed with re-adapting Stephen King's The Stand forever. But instead of a TV miniseries (hopefully better than the 1994 ABC version), we're getting a movie. A three-hour-long movie. We have no idea if this will work.


In an interview with Vulture, The Stand director Josh Boone (currently stumping for his new film Fault in Our Stars) had this to say about his next, massive movie endeavor:

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.


So what we can glean from this is that the movie will be rated R, which is a plus. It will be three hours long (hopefully there will be a pause for bathroom breaks). And there's going to be a pant-load of celebrities in it. So we can all assume that Tom Cruise will be playing Randall Flagg.

We're fighting every urge not to get excited about this movie, because we're still convinced that it cannot work in three hours. But we'd love to be wrong.

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Am I in the minority, that I like the miniseries quite a lot?

And no, I don't see any possible way to make a three hour movie work... so much of the weight and complexity of the story is the passage of time and distance as the characters come together.