The Fault in Our Stars may be required viewing if you want a good cry this weekend, but the film’s director, Josh Boone, has his eyes on the highly-anticipated adaptation of Stephen King’s post-apocalyptic masterpiece, The Stand, for his next project. The two films couldn’t be any different, but on both, the director has to make sure that he is respecting the source material in order to avoid the rage of the books’ hardcore fans.

In an interview with Vulture, Boone elaborated on his plans for The Stand, which, on the surface, sound like the perfect take for King’s world. Here is what he had to say:

We’re gonna do one three-hour, R-rated version with an amazing A-list cast across the board. Every single one of those characters will be somebody you recognize and somebody you relate to. And it’s gonna be awesome. I’m really excited. It’s the most exciting thing I’ve ever got to do in my entire life. If 12-year-old me had ever known that one day I’d be doing this, to even just go back and look at that kid, I’d be like, Keep doing what you’re doing! It’s just crazy. I’ve met so many actors over the years, and like, when I met Stephen King, I hugged him with tears in my eyes. He meant that much to me when I was young. I still say everything I learned about writing I learned from Stephen King. I don’t read screenplays. I don’t read screenplay how-to books. It’s always just, establish the character. Establish the character.

While King’s books are noted for their horror and gore, the adaptations are usually neutered on the big screen. Thankfully Boone is a big fan, and he’s looking to bring that authentic King flair to the project. Let’s just hope he follows through.

[via Vulture]