The Stand is one of the most beloved of Stephen King’s books and one which a lot of people, including me, are excited to see making its way to the big screen. It is a massive story and certainly no easy feat to bring to the cinemas, but was something that director Josh Boone was prepared to do in a two-film adaption of the book (or potential mini-series adaptation). Except only now he’s decided to adapt a different book instead – at least for the moment.
Deadline has broken the news that Josh Boone has written an adaptation for another Stephen King novel, Revival and decided to film this instead. This was quite surprising considering the amount of time effort already invested by Boone into The Stand over the past year or more. That he was able to write another script and get it approved by King in this time shows though that things were likely moving slower than he would’ve liked in production for The Stand. Boone had gone on to say that he has verbal agreements with a potential cast for the movie, but that the different studios were not sure in which direction to go, which is consistent with most of what we’ve heard about the movie so far. So, I guess, he needs to still earn his income and The Revival gives him an opportunity to direct something while remain close to his passion for Stephen King.
For Revival, Boone has joined forces with producer Mike De Luco, which has drawn the attention of Universal and according to Entertainment Weekly, Samuel L Jackson too. Jackson is looking to take on the role of Charles Jacobs, who is a charismatic, small-town preacher who begins experimenting with the supernatural using electricity after his wife and child are killed in an accident.
I’ve personally never read Revival and so am not as drawn to this as I am to The Stand. But, Boone is a huge fan and has gone on to tell Deadline that he believes it is King’s scariest book since Pet Sematary, so there is a strong likelihood that I will enjoy it. I’m not a fan of many current horror movies and it seems Boone’s opinion matches mine as he went on to say:
King did the haunted house thing better than anyone in The Shining, and what he does so well is, he invests you in these characters with all their mundane lives and all the things people think about and worry about. Only then does he introduce a supernatural element and those characters are so beautifully built that you are willing to go with it. The movies based on King’s books that don’t work so well are the ones that don’t take the heart of the characters that beat in the books. I’m a huge John Carpenter fan, but on Christine, there’s an aching sadness and deep character development in the book that’s just not in that movie. What I’d like to do is Anthony Minghella-depth adaptations of King’s books, if that ambition makes sense
Let’s hope Boone can deliver on the way King develop his characters and builds his tension and produce it into the film effectively.
The good news is that The Stand has only being paused and Boone is still looking to return to the movie once he has completed Revival. Lets hope the extra time allows for The Stand to be even better – in the meantime though, Revival is a movie to potentially look forward to and whet our appetite until then.
Last Updated: February 12, 2016