King’s lengthy book centers on the survivors of an illness that decimates the world. The survivors soon find they must contend with the evil Randall Flagg and his supporters.
First, “I write [the script for a single film] in like five months, everybody loves it, King loves it, $87 million is what it was budgeted at, really expensive for a horror drama that doesn’t have set pieces,” Boone said.
Then, “[Warner Bros.] asked, would you do this as multiple films,” the director said. “I said… yes. 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 peoples’ 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."