At long last, Stephen King‘s The Stand is being adapted (again) for TV. There was a 1994 miniseries made of the novel, but this new project has been going back and forth between a series, a miniseries, and a movie (possibly franchise) for years (you can see that development in our archives). Now, it has finally found a home and an episode count. CBS All Access announced today that it has ordered 10 episodes of The Stand. The series will be directed, produced, and written by Josh Boone, who has shepherded the projects for quite awhile now. Ben Cavell will also serve as an EP and writer alongside Boone.
For those unfamiliar, “The Stand is Stephen King’s apocalyptic vision of a world decimated by plague and embroiled in an elemental struggle between good and evil. The fate of mankind rests on the frail shoulders of the 108-year-old Mother Abagail and a handful of survivors. Their worst nightmares are embodied in a man with a lethal smile and unspeakable powers: Randall Flagg, the Dark Man.” Stephen King said in a press release that,
“I’m excited and so very pleased that The Stand is going to have a new life on this exciting new platform. The people involved are men and women who know exactly what they’re doing; the scripts are dynamite. The result bids to be something memorable and thrilling. I believe it will take viewers away to a world they hope will never happen.”
Josh Boone added,
“I read The Stand under my bed when I was 12, and my Baptist parents burned it in our fireplace upon discovery. Incensed, I stole my Dad’s FedEx account number and mailed King a letter professing my love for his work. Several weeks later, I came home to find a box had arrived from Maine, and inside were several books, each inscribed with a beautiful note from god himself, who encouraged me in my writing and thanked me for being a fan. My parents, genuinely moved by King’s kindness and generosity, lifted the ban on his books that very day. I wrote King a cameo as himself in my first film and have been working to bring The Stand to the screen for five years. I’ve found incredible partners in CBS All Access and Ben Cavell. Together with Stephen King, Owen King, my longtime producing partners Knate Lee and Jill Killington, we plan to bring you the ultimate version of King’s masterwork.”
Julie McNamara, Executive Vice President, Original Content, CBS All Access, said of the pickup:
“With over 400 million books sold around the world, Stephen King is one of our greatest living authors and ‘The Stand’ is widely considered the crown jewel of his work. Millions of fans have been waiting for a modern interpretation that delivers on its depth, scope and ambition. We are thrilled to be working with Stephen, Josh, Ben and a dedicated team working passionately to bring this brilliant material to life.”
There is no hint about casting yet, so let us know who you’d like to see join the project in the comments! The Stand joins Star Trek: Discovery, The Good Fight, No Activity, Strange Angel, The Twilight Zone, and Tell Me a Story as part of CBS All Access’ slate of originals.