Stephen King’s ‘The Stand’ In Development for Showtime Series and Feature Film
Classic Stephen King novels have enjoyed an enormous amount of success as both TV and film adaptations. His magnum opus, "The Stand," has already been materialized as a miniseries in the '90s featuring Gary Sinise, Molly Ringwald and Rob Lowe, according to The Wrap.
Just like with most trends these days, the book and miniseries will get a remake soon, but this one is a little different than the rest. The story will get both a TV series on Showtime as well as a feature film, possibly as a sequel.
The TV miniseries is expected to be an eight-part event on Showtime, which will give it more legs and be less restrictive than the broadcast networks could allow in the '90s version, due to FCC regulations.
Airing it on the premium cable network will also allow writer and director Josh Boone ("The Fault in Our Stars") to include more of the original King story, which was somewhat compressed when it was originally adapted for television (even though it was aired in four two-hour miniseries episodes). King's book is over 1,100 pages long and a lot of the elements inherent to the original novel did not make it to the screen.
Warner Bros. and CBS Films will also supplement the series with a big-budget feature film that reportedly already has multiple stars attached to it. Shooting for this project is expected to start early next year and the TV series, along with the film, is supposed to be one big project created at the same time.
For those unfamiliar with King's "The Stand" novel, the story is a harrowing adventure in a post-apocalyptic world that has been ravaged by a disease designed by the military. The struggle takes place when survivors, or those who were immune to the virus known as Captain Tripps, start to venture out across the countryside looking for each other.
It culminates with an ultimate good vs evil showdown between the protagonists and the evil entity known as Randall Flagg, who has corrupted a force of people in Las Vegas. That epic showdown is what's referred to in the story as "The Stand."
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