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Adaptation of Stephen King's 'The Stand' Heading to the Big Screen

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February 1, 2011
Source: Heat Vision

Stephen King's The Stand

Another new Stephen King adaptation on its way to the big screen. Heat Vision reports that Warner Bros and CBS Films will be partnering for an adaptation of Stephen King's post-apocalyptic horror-fantasy novel The Stand, first published in 1978. The companies will co-develop and co-produce the feature film, with CBS having the option to participate in co-financing. Despite this announcement, no writer or director has been hired, as they're currently meeting with people for the jobs. King will be "involved in some capacity," but they haven't decided whether to adapt this epic 1141 page novel into just one movie or multiple movies.

King's The Stand is a story of good vs evil after a virus wipes out most of the American population. While it features dozens of characters, like the Trashcan Man, Rat Man and Mother Abigail, as well as overlapping story lines running over many years, the primary struggle comes down to a group of survivors fighting the Antichrist-like Randall Flagg. The book was re-released in an extended & revised form in 1990 and has had previous adaptations attempts before. It actually made it to the screen once as a 6-hour miniseries on ABC in the mid-90s, but it still hasn't hit the big screen yet. This could be an exciting adaptation following The Dark Tower, which is gaining momentum casting for the movie-to-TV crossover. Any fans of The Stand?

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  • Croniccris
    meh...
  • Bert
    Haven't read it but I love the miniseries.
    • Anonymous
      Me too, and it had such a great cast when epic ensemble mini-series were rare. Still have the VHS-edition on my shelf, pretty sure the book is around here somewhere.
      • lumière
        give yourself a lot of time, but it's worth the read. has the same range, depth, detail and scope as 'It'.
  • Anonymous
    M-O-O-N... that spells remake. Not sure how it'll work in movie format, but with how good the remake of The Shining was, I'll give it the benefit of the doubt.
    • Anonymous
      agree 100% on shining remake! glad to see others enjoyed it. i thought it was much more true to the book than kubricks version.
  • Seen the ABC mini-series a hundred times. They still show it all the time on TV on some channel on a lazy Saturday afternoon. Hard to imagine it all being crammed into a 2 or even 3 hour feature film, but interested to see how it could turn out.
    • Anonymous
      agree mike - every now and again it's on tv (syfy for me) on a sunday afternoon and i enjoy watching it. i loved jamey sheridan as randall flagg.
    • jjboldt
      Yeah no way this can be one film. This has to be 2 at least. They originally were going to do Lord of the Rings in just 2 films and realized the material was too immense to cut it to 2. Hopefully they will follow the same path for this.
  • Rodion
    Cut this remake shit out....where the hell is my adaptation of The Talisman! I have the book purchased in the 80's and it says "Soon to be a major motion picture" written on the front cover! Hurry it up please!
    • lumière
      now THAT would be good. and they already have a sequel lined up in Black House.
  • Fallendeathspider
    there is also this graphic novel based on the stand - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Stand_(comics) i think that would have been the best version of the story to adapt
  • This is one of my all time favorite books. The mini-series was awful. Most of the King books that have been adapted into TV series are awful, while a good amount of the films have been good. I have high hopes.
  • Boon
    FYI, the villain in The Stand personifies the same villain in The Dark Tower! I'm interested in a trilogy rather than just one because one film would be asking for a shitty, hollywood exec-backed tangent from the series
  • jjboldt
    The ABC mini-series was actually a decent product. Yeah you can tell it's tv and that it was done in the 90's (Article says mid but I thought it was close to early 90's, like 1992?) but they clearly put a lot of effort into it. It's not bad for what it is. M-O-O-N, that spells moon.
    • Anonymous
      It aired in May of 1994; so the production dates were likely in 1992 or 1993.
  • uberman
    As long as King is not allowed to write the screenplay, this should be good. And BTW: The Shinning TV series could have been much better than it was save for one glaring fact: The kid who played Danny was probably the most annoying and irratating screen personality who ever graced the screen. Sorry to say, but his doey eyed whinny over the top cant you see I am acting performance just utterly destroyed that adaptation. Kubricks is so far superior to the FEEL of the book and the TONE while it was not 100% faithful to the story (No hedge monsters and no blowing up the hotel at the end). Other than that...its pretty faithful.
  • Craig
    I loved the book. The mini-series wasn't bad, but I thought some of the casting was completely wrong and that kinda ruined it for me. I've always wanted to see another adaptation, but it's a pretty long story to cram into a 2 hour movie.
  • horcruxhunter
    The Stand was an original and compelling concept at the time it was released. I loved the shit out of this book for it's unreasonable length, its darkness, its gore, and its complex characters. But since then, too many End of Times stories have flooded the box office (The Walking Dead, Legion, The Road, I am Legend) for The Stand to ring as interesting and original as it once was did. Hats off to King for being there first, but I say pass on The Stand, and focus on some newer material.

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