Using the most advanced computer technology ever invented, and a proprietary algorithm devised by a secret government think tank, The Dissolve created The Speculometron to determine the mathematical probability of the Internet’s latest movie rumors.
Rumor: Matthew McConaughey is going to star as Randall Flagg in Josh Boone’s four-part version of The Stand. For real this time!
Source: The Guardian
Evidence: “Matthew McConaughey is tipped to take the role of villainous Randall Flagg in The Stand, a Hollywood franchise based on the 1978 Stephen King novel.”
The Speculometron’s calculations: Does this sound a little familiar? It should, because the Speculometron has already tackled this exact subject, way back in August, when this same rumor first hit the wire.
It’s an old rumor, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a good one.
The problems the Speculometron first identified in the original rumor may have changed (namely, that Boone and McConaughey are both too busy to get this going any time soon), but plenty of new ones have piled up since, including a big one that, oops, has a little something to do with scheduling, too. Boone recently revealed that he plans for his Stand to run four films, a much different plan than the single film most people expected him to take on.
As juicy as the Flagg role is, McConaughey has never taken on a franchise part—this is a guy who wouldn’t even return for a second Magic Mike—and tying himself down for four films doesn’t sound like the smartest move for such a hot property, no matter how good the role is. That this news is also just plain old doesn’t really help its case, and no matter how great we think this would be, it still doesn’t feel like more than a dearly held dream (nightmare).
Odds: 30 to 1. It’s a fantastic (to the point of being obvious) idea, but McConaughey doesn’t need to latch himself on to four films (especially four of this magnitude from a still mostly unproven director), no matter how great the part is.