En filmatisering af Stephen King’s The Stand til det store lærred har længe været under opsejling.

Nu er der endelig kommet lidt skub i sagerne.

Manuskriptforfatter/instruktør Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars) afslører nu, at han vil lave fire film ud af bogen.

“I really wanted to do an A-list actor, really grounded, credible version of the movie…I sold [Warner Bros.] on a single, three hour movie… So what happened is the script gets finished, I write it in like five months. Everybody loves it. [Stephen] King loves it. $87 million is what it was budgeted at. Really expensive for a horror drama that doesn’t have set pieces… They came back and said ‘Would you do it as multiple films?’ and I said ‘F–k yes!’…So I think we are going to do like four movies.

I loved my script but I was willing to drop it in an instant because you’re able to do an even truer version this way… I can’t tell you anything about how we’re going to do them or what’s going to be in which movie. I’ll just say we are going to do four movies, and we’re going to do ‘The Stand’ at the highest level you can do it at with a cast that’s going to blow people’s minds. We’ve already been talking to lots of people, and have people on board in certain roles that people don’t know about. We’re looking to go into production next year, maybe in the spring.”

The Stand er en undergangsvision, hvor de få overlevende efter en verdensomspændende epidemi må vælge side i den ultimative kamp mellem det gode og det onde – en kamp om selve menneskehedens skæbne. Mens tilhængerne af den dæmoniske Randall Flagg vil genopbygge verden i hans dystre ånd, drager fire modige mennesker ud på en heroisk mission mod Flagg og hans håndlangere. De har alle odds imod sig, da de sætter deres eget liv og hele verden på spil i et sidste, desperat forsøg på at bekæmpe ondskaben.

Der er allerede lavet en tv-serie version i 1994, men det er klart, at en biografversion med et stort budget og kendte navne, vil give et helt andet resultat. Matthew McConaughey er på tale til at spille skurkerollen som Randall Flagg. Men vi får se, hvem der i sidste ende skal medvirke.

Nu må vi så håbe, at den første film i serien klarer sig godt – ellers får vi nok kun en 1/4 af historien…

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