Back on track: Here's who's taking over Stephen King's The Stand

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Feb 26, 2014, 12:08 PM EST

A new film adaptation of Stephen King’s ambitious sci-fi tome The Stand has been in development for a long while, but it sounds like it might finally be back on the fast track. So who’s set to pull the strings?

According to The Wrap, Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars, Stuck in Love) is “nearing a deal” to write and direct the new version of The Stand. Boone is a relative newcomer, though his upcoming film based on John Green’s novel The Fault in Our Stars is getting some positive buzz, and he obviously has experience adapting other writers' work.

Though everything from another miniseries (following ABC’s 1994 effort) to a film trilogy has been proposed, Boone will apparently adapt King’s massive novel as a single R-rated movie. Considering the massive breadth of the novel, and his experience in smaller character projects, that’s a tall order. Here’s hoping he’s up to the task.

Boone follows director Scott Cooper (Out of the Furnace), who recently left the project due to alleged creative differences. This project has been in and out of development hell for the good part of a decade, and only time will tell if Boone is the man to finally make it happen. 

We’re also not entirely convinced a single film is the right approach, unless the plan is to focus on a small sliver of the story and dig in from that angle. King’s apocalyptic novel about survivors battling an Antichrist-like figure is just so huge, with so many characters and subplots, that it’s hard to believe you could ever do it justice in one film. Heck, ABC’s miniseries was six hours long, and they still had to cut and condense some plots and characters.

What do you think? Can Boone finally bring The Stand back to life?

(Via The Wrap)