'The Stand' (1994) via IMDB

Writer/Director Josh Boone has revealed his readaptation for Stephen King’s The Stand is now being developed as a TV series. Early plans for the project were reportedly to adapt the novel into four films. Boone recently met for an interview with The Tracking Board to discuss The New Mutants, and the publication reports The Stand is now slated as a limited series for CBS All Access.

Here’s the clip:

“He’s still attached to direct an adaptation of Stephen King’s The Stand, which we hear is coming together as a ten-hour limited series at CBS All Access.”

‘The Stand’ (1994) via IMDB

The 1994 adaptation was also a TV mini-series, however, television has come a long way in recent years. Shows are more cinematic, allow more breathing room for novel adaptations, and are all-around much higher quality than they used to be. We reported last month that George R.R. Martin’s TV adaptation of Nightflyers will be the most expensive drama series Syfy has ever developed. TV studios are becoming more and more dedicated to creating impressive content, and getting viewers invested.

Other current Stephen King TV series include the hit thriller Mr. Mercedes, and Hulu’s highly anticipated Castle Rock. The Dark Tower’s big screen flop last year immediately led to Amazon swooping in to rescue the property by giving it the TV series treatment. It’s further proof that The Stand’s post-apocalyptic epic returning to the small screen should be more of a blessing than a curse.

The big question is, will Randall Flagg still be sporting a mullet?

Jamey Sheridan in The Stand (1994) via IMDB

What do you think of The Stand returning as a television series? What Stephen King adaptations are you most excited for? I personally can’t wait to see the much needed Pet Sematary readaptation by Starry Eyes creators Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer.

1 COMMENT

  1. When the novel The Stand came out in 1978, there weren’t many post-apocalyptic stories around. By now, with all the over-zombification of American pop culture, that premise might not have the same chilling and stunning effect it brought to the rest (2nd half) of King’s mastepiece. …Or maybe I’m just captain trippin’…

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