Anybody who ever carried around Stephen King's monstrous and giant novel, The Stand, knows it's dangerous material--even to the lower lumbar if you're not used to the heft. At more than 1,100 pages, The Stand has proved difficult for adapters--until now. Looks like The Fault In Our Stars director Josh Boone and Warner Bros. came up with a solution: make it into four separate films.
The solution fits the times. Big budget franchises with big name actors are a much better investment than one-offs. Studios will trade any number of Gone Girls for a snarky superhero and his friends. You can hear Boone talk about how it all came to be during his interview with the Babble-On podcast. The Stand has superhero chops, even if no one wears a cape. The single element that runs throughout the formidable tome is plain old good vs. evil. That's the stuff that franchises are made of.
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