Stephen King’s The Stand Heading For The Big Screen
Warners still deciding whether it should be one film, or multiple films
Warners Bros is set to bring Stephen King’s epic post-apocalyptic novel The Stand to the gig screen. But, reckons Heat Vision, the company is still deciding whether the mammoth book should be adapted as one film or as a series. Stephen King will be involved with the project.
The 1978 novel was King’s fourth book, and a 1990 revision added over 400 pages to make it also his longest (over 1,100 pages), as well as one of his biggest sellers (possibly second only to The Dark Tower). Its story is also vast in scope, set in a world where a virus has wiped out much of the population, a featuring a massive cast, parallel, overlapping storylines and a fundamental underlying message about good and evil. There was a TV mini-series in 1984 and a Marvel Comics adaptation a couple of years back.
So, The Dark Tower and The Stand are now both in development as major movies. Long gone are the days when the phrase “Stephen King movie adaptation” meant “dodgy, cheap horror film with a poster that makes the most of King’s name, while the script makes little of his words”.