Oscar-winning Matthew McConaughey is tipped to play Randall Flag, the archetype for Evil in a four-film version of King’s epic novel, directed by Josh Boone
The STAND. Possibly my all-time favourite Stephen King novel and a story that certainly had an influence when I was shaping the post-apocalyptic setting of Yellow Dawn – The Age of Hastur. It’s a benchmark for End of The World / End of Days writing; like Francis Ford Coppola’s “Apocalypse Now” for the War Movie genre.
Matthew McConaughey is tipped to take the role of Randall Flagg in Hollywood’s adaptation of the 1978 novel. Proposed to be released as four standalone pictures directed by Josh Boone, Warner Bros seem to be taking a Lord of the Rings / Hobbit style approach to the production, expanding it into a Good versus Evil epic, set after most of humanity has been wiped off the face of the planet by a virus.
Randall Flag is the grinning cowboy with supernatural powers who establishes a power base in the abandoned city of Las Vegas.
McConaughey won the 2014 best actor Oscar for his performance in The Dallas Buyers Club and is no stranger to playing dangerous characters, with his nerve-shredding display of sardonic power as the killer Joe Cooper, in the 2011 movie Killer Joe. I anticipate something deeply chilling from McConaughey on this one. I just hope he’s read up on H.P.Lovecraft.
Reason, many people have associated Randall Flagg with the faceless messenger of the Outer Gods, Nyarlathotep. An insidious and wickedly complicated character brought into existence by the American horror writer H.P.Lovecraft with a number of stories, either as a character or mentioned: “The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath” (1926/27), “The Dreams in the Witch House” (1933), “The Rats in the Walls“, “The Haunter of the Dark” (1936), “The Whisperer in Darkness” and “The Shadow Out of Time” (1936). Nyarlathotep makes a further appearance in the sci-fi cyberpunk novel God Seed.
Personally I’m not totally sold on Randall Flagg being another human aspect of Nyarlathotep but I do like the idea it might be. Not only does Hollywood’s embrace of The Stand show a further increase in the marketability of post-apocalyptic thrillers – good news for my role-playing game and novels set within it, but it also suggests the idea of the Cthulhu Mythos might finally be breaking away from low-budget trauma into big screen, big budget shock, awe and delight. That’s me looking towards Guillermo del Toro and Mountains of Madness. I live in hope.
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