You're going to be waiting a while longer to see Stephen King's The Stand on the big screen. Just days ago it was reported he would be setting aside that King film in favor of another, an adaptation of his 2014 book, Revival. And now that film has found its star, someone with a lot of experience with the author's work.
According to EW, Samuel L. Jackson is nearing the lead role of small-town preacher Charles Jacobs in Revival. The story, which Boone has already adapted and will direct, centers on Jacobs who loses his faith after his family is killed in an accident. To cope he begins experimenting with the supernatural, opening a dark portal to a world he never could have imagined.
This would be Jackson's third King film after starring in 1408 and Cell, which only recently wrapped. And what about The Dark Tower, which last we heard had Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba circling the villain and heroic roles? Stephen King spoke to Rolling Stone and suggested both actors are likely to be in it, but sounded hesitant to confirm the film would actually happen.
"I think that it's more likely than not that Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey will be in it. But I can't say with any certainty. I know that they're trying to make deals with these actors [and] with Sony, and that's the extent of my knowledge. It looks to me like it’s more likely than not it'll happen at this point. Let’s put it that way."
The Dark Tower is to be directed by Nikolaj Arcel and is, at least for now, set to open on January 13th 2017, which sounds awfully close. Not sure that date will stick.