Stephen King, we all know him, and I’d wager most of us love him. Sure, not everything he’s ever written has been awesome, but when his catalog includes classics like IT, The Shining, and The Stand, it’s easy to forgive the King of horror’s rare missteps.
Soon, King’s aforementioned apocalyptic novel The Stand will be re-adapted for the small screen, this time as a 10-episode limited series to be streamed on the CBS All Access service. The book was first adapted by ABC into a miniseries back in 1994.
While the Stand miniseries was great for its time, restrictions on budget and content prevented King’s work from fully being realized. Based on a recent appearance by King on Mick Garris’ Post Mortem podcast, the limited series won’t suffer the same fate.
“Really the thing I’m most excited about is, first of all, we’ve got two more hours to tell the story. And second, we’re free of all those things that held us back with [the original mini-series]. Not only is the budget bigger… we’re free… in terms of language, in terms of violence… in a way that we weren’t with the original.”
To anyone who’s read King’s mammoth book, that quote should generate nothing but hopeful excitement. As good as the Stand miniseries was, it was still an ABC production in 1994. The new adaptation sounds like it’ll be given every financial resource possible.
It also sounds like CBS All Access’ The Stand – set to directed by Josh Boone – will also have free reign when it comes to adult language and graphic violence, two things The Stand book had plenty of. I for one can’t wait to relive The Stand’s epic tale yet again.