We're a long way from The Stand hitting our cinemas, but it's finally taking shape.

After years of false starts and failed attempts, The Fault In Our Stars' Josh Boone looks like he's ready to get to grips with Stephen King's horror masterpiece.

For those who don't know, The Stand is a post-apocalyptic saga about two groups of survivors who live in the crumbled ruins of America, following a flu-like plague that's wiped out most of the planet.

It's one of our all-time favourite books and why it hasn't been made into a film yet, we just don't know.

Boone initially pitched the idea of a three-hour epic, condensing down King's 800+ pages into a workable script, getting the blessing of King and the studio to begin work.

That was, however, until the studio asked him to spread it out over four films.

Now, usually, we roll our eyes when studios stretch out books-to-films over more films than is necessary - but in this case, it actually works.

King fans will know that The Stand is MAH-HOOSIVE and that telling it one film is going to mean lots and lots of things left out. Now, with four films, characters can fully develop and the story can be told in one narrative, not jumping back and forth as Boone's script had originally intended.

We think it's a good idea, but what about you? Sound off in the comments!


via /Film