Stephen King’s The Stand Starring Matthew McConaughey Has Been Shelved


A new adaptation of Stephen King’s The Stand has been delayed. Shocking.

Adaptations of Stephen King novels rarely go as planned. Either they end up being sub-par or they’re announced and never end up going anywhere. We were cautiously optimistic when it was announced that Matthew McConaughey would be starring in a new version of perhaps Stephen King’s finest moment, The Stand.

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Deadline is reporting that The Stand has been shelved, at least for now. Apparently Warner Bros. has run out of time to produce it, and so the rights are reverting to CBS Films.

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From there it’s anyone’s guess as to what’s going to happen. At the very least there is an actual script written — by Josh Boone, director of Fault in Our Stars.

Matthew McConaughey is going to have to get by with being in only one Stephen King adaptation. McConaughey is still set to star in The Dark Tower opposite Idris Elba. It wouldn’t be very surprising if that also fell through as well.

There’s something about Stephen King film adaptations that stop them from panning out. A curse, perhaps.

There was never really anything set in stone considering The Stand, though Matthew McConaughey would have been truly great as Randall Flagg. Hopefully someday he will get that chance.

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McConaugehy is set to have a busy 2016, with several films of his set for release. Those that don’t find Stephen King’s brand of storytelling particularly compelling may want to check out the new trailer for Kubo and the Two Strings.