Having first seen celluloid life as a TV series back in the Nineties, there have been numerous attempts to adapt Stephen King’s slab-sized post-apocalyptic tome The Stand to either the big or small screen for a second time, all of which have fallen by the wayside.
However, things could finally be looking up, with Warner Bros moving ahead with Josh Boone (The Fault In Our Stars) directing and writing a film version. However, according to The Wrap, events could be taking an interesting turn, as they are in talks with CBS Films about the prospect of running an 8-episode miniseries as a prequel to the main film.
We like the idea in principle, considering how big and sprawling the book is, and the difficulties translating it into just the one film that this would entail. However, it all seems worryingly reminiscent of the equally ambitious and ultimately unsuccessful plans to turn Stephen King’s Dark Tower series into a similar film-and-TV format. Hopefully this won’t be the case, but either way, we’ll cross our fingers on this one.
In addition to Boone, Roy Lee and Jimmy Miller are on board as producers, with Stephen King expected to be involved to some degree.