Acclaimed writer Stephen King’s no stranger to his work getting adapted to the big screen. From It to The Dark Tower, King’s work has made the jump from words to visuals since the 70s. Now as detailed by the Hollywood Reporter, another novel from King’s expansive bibliography is set to hit the big screen.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, CBS All Access has ordered a 10-episode, straight-to-series adaptation of King’s best-selling post-apocalyptic epic, The Stand. The drama will see a script penned by Josh Boone (All We Had, The Fault in Our Stars), who was initially scheduled to write a feature film based on the 1978 epic. Ben Cavell (Justified, SEAL Team) is reportedly writing The Stand’s script alongside Boone.
Both Boone, who will also direct, and Cavell will write and executive produce this King adaptation. Vertigo Entertainment’s Roy Lee (Death Note, The Disaster Artist) and Mosaic’s Jimmy Miller (Bad Teacher, Semi-Pro) will also executive produce The Stand. Richard P. Rubinstein (Dawn of the Dead, Dune)–who served as a producer on several King adaptions throughout the 80s and 90s, including Golden Years, Thinner, and a 1994 mini-series of The Stand–is confirmed to executive produce the CBS drama with Boone, Cavell, Lee, and Miller. Will Weiske (Bridge of Spies, Her) and Miri Yoon (Behaving Badly, Death Note) will co-executive producer the drama. As the Hollywood Reporter states, Owen King, Stephen King’s son, will produce.
”I’m excited and so very pleased that The Stand is going to have a new life on this exciting new platform,” King said. “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.”
Stephen King’s The Stand, a novel almost as long as David Foster Wallace’s 1996 epic Infinite Jest, expands on King’s Night Surf, a short story published in an issue of Ubris magazine in the spring of 1969. The nearly 1000-page novel imagines the total breakdown of society after a modified version of the flu used for biological warfare is accidentally released. This causes widespread panic, triggering an apocalyptic pandemic that wipes out the majority of the world’s human population.
The TV series will see the fate of mankind rest of the shoulders of a few of the survivors of the pandemic. With the world caught in an elemental struggle between good and evil, the nightmares of the remnants of humanity are embodied in Randall Flagg, the Dark Man, an individual with unspeakable powers.
Along with The Stand, CBS All Access’ roster includes Star Trek: Discovery (which launched its second season on January 17), The Twilight Zone, Why Women Kill, and more.