Stephen King’s The Stand Coming to Big Screen

So it appears that Stephen King’s 1141-page epic (if going by “The Complete & Uncut Edition”) is once again getting the Hollywood treatment. Only this time it won’t be at mini-series. Apparently studios Warner Bros. and CBS Films think they can condense it to fit a two to three-hour run time.

Warner Bros. and CBS Films are teaming to adapt the novel, which in many ways set the bar for a generation of post-apocalyptic stories and influenced works ranging from TV’s Lost to music group Anthrax.

Mosaic and Roy Lee are producing.

The companies will co-develop and co-produce the feature film, with CBS having the option to participate in co-financing. Warners will handle worldwide marketing and distribution.

The Stand is one of my favorite Stephen King books, but I don’t see any reason to make it into a movie. It was hard enough to squeeze everything into a eight hour mini-series, making a two or three hour film would be a pointless distillation of the book.

Plus, the casting on the mini-series was great. I am still hoping Jamey Sheridan appears as Flagg in the Dark Tower films/TV series.



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