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Russell Crowe attached to Stephen King adaptation ‘Revival’

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Josh Boone

About a year ago the news came out about the very busy director Josh Boone (THE FAULT IN OUR STARS) and the many projects he has been working on. A devout Stephen King fan Boone is set to remake THE STAND and bring to life the evil preacher story of REVIVAL. Last year rumors of Samuel L. Jackson playing the preacher was linked to the project, but in a recent interview with CreativeScreenwriting.com another name has surfaced. That is the name of Russell Crowe as Boone plans to put out REVIVAL shortly after his work on the latest X-MEN movie NEW MUTANTS. We will have to keep an close eye on the project as time goes on to see what Crowe’s role will be and big thanks to HMU reader Marco Tagore for finding out this information for us! Check out the quotes below straight from the article which we suggest your read to hear about the amazing history between Boone and King.

Here’s the quote:

“I have a good relationship with Stephen King, so when I wanted to adapt his novel Revival I really just went and asked him. I was able to write it in a very pleasant bubble and we attached Russell Crowe. I plan to make that right after New Mutants.”

Also, comparing the process with working on NEW MUTANTS:

“Whereas I wrote Revival it in a bubble in a month, did a rewrite a few months later that took two weeks, and haven’t touched it since. We just went and put the money and cast together. It’s certainly the better way to do it, but to get the opportunity to do these big properties you have to go through a much longer process to get to the same end result.”

He also talks about how he developed such a close relationship with Stephen King — it’s a pretty amazing story. And that he’s working on a TV adaptation of Clive Barker’s The Great and Secret Show for television with Stephen King’s son Owen.

Here is a description of REVIVAL from the book:

In a small New England town, over half a century ago, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls feel the same about Reverend Jacobs—including Jamie’s mother and beloved sister, Claire. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond based on a secret obsession. When tragedy strikes the Jacobs family, this charismatic preacher curses God, mocks all religious belief, and is banished from the shocked town.

Jamie has demons of his own. Wed to his guitar from the age of thirteen, he plays in bands across the country, living the nomadic lifestyle of bar-band rock and roll while fleeing from his family’s horrific loss. In his mid-thirties—addicted to heroin, stranded, desperate—Jamie meets Charles Jacobs again, with profound consequences for both men. Their bond becomes a pact beyond even the Devil’s devising, and Jamie discovers that revival has many meanings.


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