Stephen King first published the sprawling post-apocalyptic horror/fantasy novel The Stand in 1978. Since then it’s been turned into a television miniseries and a Marvel comic book, but not a feature film despite various attempts in the 80s. (The sheer length of the novel apparently conquered George A. Romero.) CBS has owned the film rights for many years without a workable idea of how to approach an adaptation. Universal threw down the gauntlet with the announcement they would turn King’s seven-book series The Dark Tower into a trilogy of films and a TV show.
CBS Films has risen to the challenge and partnered with Warner Bros. to tackle a feature adaptation. As the studios begin to meet with writers and directors, they will decide whether to write as one film or a series. More, including the book synopsis, after the break: