I am thrilled to announce that I will be bringing Stephen King’s novel “Lisey’s Story” to the big screen. Those of you have seen “Stuck in Love” know that King has a cameo in the film. He has long been my favorite author and has had a huge impact on my life…
Collider: How did you get Stephen King involved with the film?
BOONE: The short of it is that my parents were born-again Baptists and I wasn’t allowed to read Stephen King. I had to rip the covers off of Christian books and glue them to Stephen King books, so that I could read them. I remember reading The Stand under my bed when I was 12, and I hid the book in the box springs under my bed, and my mom found it and burned it in the fireplace. I wrote him a letter when I was 12, just to tell him how much I loved his books and how much I wanted to be a writer when I grew up and that he was my idol. I sent him a couple books, hoping that he’d sign them. I came home from school one day and my dad said, “There’s a box here from Stephen King.” He had written me this beautiful letter in the front covers of each of the books. My parents were just so moved by the generosity, that he was willing to take the time to do that, that they lifted the Stephen King ban. So, to be able to go back to him, all these years later, and just hug him and thank him so much for being such a big part of my childhood, meant so much to me. To have him be part of the movie meant so much. I was just trying to honor him and what he meant to me, when I was that age.
I’ve read every book King has published, some many times over. It has been my dream since I was very young to adapt and direct one of his books and the time has finally come. I’ll begin adapting the book this fall. “The Fault in Our Stars” producers Wyck Godfrey, Marty Bowen, and Isaac Klausner of Temple Hill will produce.
Michael Chabon, who wrote such fine novels as “Wonder Boys” and “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay” had this to say about King’s novel:
"In Lisey’s Story, Stephen King makes bold, brilliant use of his satanic storytelling gift, his angelic ear for language, and above all his incomparable ability to find the epic in the ordinary, to present us with the bloody and fabulous tale of an ordinary marriage. In his hands the long, passionate union of Scott and Lisey Landon—of any long-lived marriage, by implication—becomes a fantastic kingdom, with its own geography and language, its dark and stirring chronicle of heroes and monsters, its tragedies, griefs and glories. King has been getting me to look at the world with terror and wonder since I was fifteen years old, and I have never been more persuaded than by this book of his greatness."