Deadline is reporting that CBS All Access’s limited series adaptation of Stephen King’s The Stand is set to premiere on December 17, 2020.
Set in a world where a bio-engineered super-flu–colloquially known as Captain Trips–is unleashed by accident, King’s epic novel centers on two groups of survivors who find themselves embroiled in the ultimate battle of good versus evil to determine the future of the human race.
Josh Boone (The New Mutants) and Ben Cavell adapted the series with King providing the script for the final episode–an epilogue presenting information never released by the author before about what comes after the big showdown. Boone also directed the first and final episodes of the series.
The Stand comes with a star-studded cast including Henry Zaga (The New Mutants), Whoopi Goldberg (Ghost), Alexander Skarsgard (True Blood), James Marsden (Westworld), Jovan Adepo (Overlord), Greg Kinnear (The Gift), and Heather Graham (Boogie Nights) to name just a few.
While there is no word yet on whether the series will be released in one drop or in a weekly format, odds are good that CBS All Access will want to extend the run, making it more of an event than a single drop by might give the show. It’s a format the streaming platform has followed with most of its original content.
The Stand was previously adapted as a miniseries by Mick Garris in the early 90s, and the director will return in an unnamed cameo for this new vision.
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