Stephen King’s ‘The Stand’ Gets TV Series!
It’s been on the cards, but now it’s finally been confirmed, Stephen King’s epic novel, The Stand, is getting turned into a new TV series. Heading to CBS All Access, the show will get a 10 episode series penned by Josh Boone, who was previously attached to write a feature film based on the epic novel, and Ben Cavell (Justified, Homeland).
“I read The Stand under my bed when I was 12, and my Baptist parents burned it in our fireplace upon discovery… Incensed, I stole my dad’s FedEx account number and mailed King a letter professing my love for his work. Several weeks later, I came home to find a box had arrived from Maine, and inside were several books, each inscribed with a beautiful note from god himself, who encouraged me in my writing and thanked me for being a fan. My parents, genuinely moved by King’s kindness and generosity, lifted the ban on his books that very day. I wrote King a cameo as himself in my first film and have been working to bring The Stand to the screen for five years. I’ve found incredible partners in CBS All Access and Ben Cavell. Together with Stephen King, Owen King, my longtime producing partners Knate Lee and Jill Killington, we plan to bring you the ultimate version of King’s masterwork.”
The ‘ultimate” version obviously references the 1994 TV mini series. With 10 episodes, it will dwarf the 4 part original by at least 2 hours.
King also chimed in, saying…
“I’m excited and so very pleased that The Stand is going to have a new life on this exciting new platform… The people involved are men and women who know exactly what they’re doing; the scripts are dynamite. The result bids to be something memorable and thrilling. I believe it will take viewers away to a world they hope will never happen.”
The Stand was first published in 1978, with an impressive 1,152-pages (The Complete & Uncut Edition) and weaved the terrible tale of an apocalyptic plague and the survivors stuck fighing a “good vs evil” battle. The new show is being described as an original limited event series, so it will only run for the 10 episodes ordered.