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The Stand Movie Has Been Shelved, But There’s Still Plans For A Stephen King Revival

Director Josh Boone made a huge splash in Hollywood two years ago with The Fault in Our Stars, a massive hit that resulted in some exciting new opportunities. Boone decided to go with an adaptation of The Stand, the 800-page Stephen King epic that previously spawned a successful 1994 mini-series. Prior to Boone’s involvement, directors Ben Affleck and Scott Cooper both considered the project, but Boone brought something new to the table: unwieldy ambition. He was determined to turn this novel into a four-film series, a pricey proposition that may explain why the project is now on hold.

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In spite of this disappointment, Boone is sticking with Stephen King for an adaptation of Revival, one of the author’s two novels from 2014. It’s the story of Jamie Morton, a New England boy who develops a close bond with minister Charles Jacobs. “When tragedy strikes the Jacobs family, this charismatic preacher curses God, mocks all religious belief, and is banished from the shocked town,” the official synopsis explains. Years later, Jamie is a small-time musician, struggling with addiction—when he reunites with Charles. “Their bond becomes a pact beyond even the Devil’s devising, and Jamie discovers that revival has many meanings.”

Speaking to Deadline, Boone said he instantly related to the material. “When I read Revival, I was like, man, did you write this for me? I’d been on both sides of that pendulum. I call myself a non-believer now, and when I moved to LA, it was like Neo being pulled out of The Matrix. Oh my god, none of that stuff is true! But it was what I’d been taught and what I believed in since childhood. I believed in the devil, in Jesus, and even now as a non-believer, I’m still fascinated by that world.”

As it turns out, Boone’s script for Revival is ready to go—and he promises a genuinely spooky King adaptation. “Revival is the scariest thing he’s written since Pet Sematary,” he explains. “He tricks you, drawing you in gently, with that narrator’s voice and a long time span that reminds you of The Shawshank Redemption or The Green Mile, and then he pulls that rug from under you in that last act and you’re like, oh my god, what have I gotten myself into?”

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