Stephen King’s ‘The Stand’ Finally Headed To The Big Screen

Published by Seth Quillen in: Film -- Date: 1 Feb 2011 Comments: 0

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Stephen King’s epic 1978 novel The Stand is finally getting the big screen feature treatment. THR is reporting that Warner Bros. and CBS Films are teaming up to adapt the novel that set the standard for the “post-apocalyptic world” genre. A forgettable eight-hour ABC miniseries of The Stand was adapted for television back in 1994, but in no way gave the master novel the justice is deserved. Along with WB and CBS, King is said to be involved in fleshing out the story for the screen. It’s not yet known if the book will be adapted into a trilogy or if it will be made into one epic film.

The Stand is a story between good and evil that occurs in post-apocalyptic world after a deadly virus known as Captain Tripps, wipes out most of the world’s population. In the aftermath, survivors choose between following an elderly black woman or the dark man, Randall Flagg. The two factions then prepare for a confrontation between the forces of good and evil.

The Stand deal is more good news for King who was once the Hollywood golden boy novelist.  A couple months ago King’s massive opus The Dark Tower series was optioned for a big screen trilogy and a limited television adaptation. It looks like the horror mastermind who reigned throughout the 80’s and 90’s with a string of successful big screen adaptations of his books may soon be back on top with the addition of The Stand film.

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