Josh Boone is super hot right now, as audience, ages 13 to 30, are bawling their eyes out at The Fault in Our Stars. And, after Slate‘s (bitter, brazen, hysterical) anti-YA fiction manifesto lit-up Twitter Thursday, the already hugely popular film, based on the hugely popular book, has a legion of ardent fans waiting to buy their tickets.
So, what does Boone do to follow-up a successful YA adaptation? An adaptation of Stephen King’s gargantuan opus The Stand, of course.
In an interview with Vulture, Boone said he plans on making an R-rated, three-hour version of the film:
We’re gonna do one three-hour, R-rated version with an amazing A-list cast across the board. Every single one of those characters will be somebody you recognize and somebody you relate to. And it’s gonna be awesome. I’m really excited. It’s the most exciting thing I’ve ever got to do in my entire life. If 12-year-old me had ever known that one day I’d be doing this, to even just go back and look at that kid, I’d be like, Keep doing what you’re doing! It’s just crazy. I’ve met so many actors over the years, and like, when I met Stephen King, I hugged him with tears in my eyes. He meant that much to me when I was young. I still say everything I learned about writing I learned from Stephen King. I don’t read screenplays. I don’t read screenplay how-to books. It’s always just, establish the character. Establish the character.
This, to be blunt, is stupid.