Is Stephen King’s The Stand getting a new cinematic ending?

By: Marv Castillo

When adapting a book written by Stephen King, some producer may have some problems with some bits of the book. IT, anyone? The clown is a fucking spider. I bet Cary Fukunaga (True Detective) and Chase Palmer are breaking their skull trying to make some parts of the adaptation good, scary and not a huge turn-off like when that huge spider showed up on screen in the 90’s miniseries. What I’m trying to say is, some stuff doesn’t translate well when we are talking about big screen adaptations that are going to be shown to millions of people across the world. The ending is really nice for the book, I like it, but I understand if the producers, writer, director, and the rest of the team involved in this project want to have a new different, fresh ending for the movie.

So, if you haven’t read the book, skip the following words because I’m going the ending. A nuke kills everyone, good guys included. See? Would you like that kind of ending in a movie? I would, but some people will hate it.

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Devin Faraci, over BadAss digest says Josh Boone, who directed The Fault In Our Stars, is reworking the script. There was an early version written by David Kajganich (Invasion and one of the writers of the new IT adaptation), Faraci says it wasn’t good. In Devin words:

In this version, from last year, the good guy survivors from Boulder get together in an army and march on Las Vegas to kill Randall Flagg. Flagg’s headquarters is, of course, the Luxor Pyramid. The Boulderites invade the city while, off to the east, a squad fights at the Boulder Dam – which Trashcan Man explodes, killing Larry Underwood and sending a deadly flood to Vegas. In the city Flagg squares off against hero Stu Redman… who now has the power of God, and they have an Akira-like battle on the Las Vegas Strip, with Flagg trying to take Stu’s magic. Cars are thrown, Excalbur’s turrets are tossed, the people of Vegas are used by Flagg as disposable cannon-fodder. Meanwhile Nick Andros sacrifices his life taking out a howitzer. The Boulder forces, while armed, try to only take prisoners and rescue people from being under Flagg’s evil spell. It all comes down to Flagg and Stu, and whether or not Stu will absorb Flagg’s evil magic.

And there’s a mid-credits tag that sets up a sequel. Yes, a The Stand 2

Source: Badass Digest

 

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