Warner Bros. has been tinkering with an adaptation of Stephen King's The Stand for quite a while now: Ben Affleck was going to direct it, then Josh Boone was going to direct it, then Josh Boone put that on hold to work on a Revival adaptation, then Josh Boone went over to 20th Century Fox to make a New Mutants movie, and then - just last week - we heard that Josh Boone was going to write an adaptation of another King novel, The Talisman.
And now there's a new wrinkle: Josh Boone - or someone claiming to be Josh Boone - has popped up on Stephen King's official message board to claim that The Stand will be his next project after New Mutants. What's more - he claims The Stand will now be a "limited series".
Here's that quote again, in case you can't make out the above:
"Hi, Josh Boone here. I happened to come across this and wanted to say that I never wrote a draft of The Stand with anything but the ending from the book. You are referring to a draft that preceded me, which I actively worked to ensure never got made because it was in no way an adaptation of the book, just fan fiction. I am still working on The Stand and will be making it next as soon as New Mutants opens in April as a limited series. I've been working on it for four years and I promise you it will be a faithful adaptation of the book with an incredible cast."
First of all, we're not convinced this is actually Josh Boone. As you know, literally anyone could sign up for a message board account and claim to be Josh Boone. Secondly, if this is the actual Josh Boone, we're not sure when The Stand became a "limited series" versus a pair of films, which has long been the plan. Where would such a series air? How many parts would it be comprised of? What does "limited series" even mean in this context? Why would this information be delivered via a message board post rather than, say, an official press release? What the hell is going on here?
We have no idea. The above came to our attention via the excellent Lilja's Library, and - one more time - we're not convinced it's the real deal. But if it is, we've got questions. Here's hoping we get some clarification on this sooner rather than later.
In the meantime: what do you folks make of this? Sound off in the comments below.