Stephen King's The Stand Coming to CBS All Access in Limited Event Series
M-O-O-N, that spells CBS All Access!
By Ray Morse
Laws, yes! You read that correctly. It was announced earlier this evening that Stephen King’s highly acclaimed post-apocalyptic tale, The Stand, will be heading to CBS All-Access after receiving a ten-episode, straight-to-series order from the streaming platform.
As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, Josh Boone (The Fault of Our Stars, The New Mutants), who had been previously attached to adapt the story as a feature film, is on board to join fellow writer and producer Ben Cavell (Justified, Homeland) in bringing King’s epic battle of good versus evil to life on the small screen. This project is being described as a "limited event series" that will presumably consist only of the ten total episodes, but this episodic format is almost certainly a great way to adapt the story.
Stephen King is already giving this upcoming series his seal of approval, commenting positively on the scripts and outlook on the project as a whole. Read below for his full comments.
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.
In the official statement announcing the project, CBS All Access executive vice president of originals Julie McNamara had the following to add.
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.
The Stand, the 1,152 page novel published in 1978, is Stephen King’s ultimate portrayal of the forces of good against evil after an apocalyptic pandemic consumes the majority of the world’s population, leaving only a few thousand survivors to either claim allegiance to the “Dark Man” in Las Vegas, Nevada, or follow the path of God to Boulder, Colorado with the fate of mankind at stake.
The bestseller went on to be nominated for the 1979 World Fantasy Award for Best Novel and adapted into an ABC television miniseries event in 1994. The eight-hour, four-part miniseries was penned by King himself and starred Academy Award nominee Gary Sinise, Molly Ringwald, and Rob Lowe. The book was also adapted into a Marvel comic series that ran from 2008 to 2012, which was written by Chilling Adventures of Sabrina's Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa with art by Mike Perkins and Laura Martin.
The upcoming 10-episode limited series for The Stand will be written by Josh Boone and Ben Cavell, with Boone also directing, for CBS Television Studios. The pair are also listed as executive producers, along with Roy Lee, Jimmy Miller, Richard P. Rubinstein, Will Weiske, and Miri Yoon. Stephen King's son, Owen King, is attached to the project as a producer as well.
CBS All Access' The Stand is still in its very early stages and thus does not yet have any kind of release date. However, you can stay up to date with all the latest right here on Dead Entertainment.