M-O-O-N, that spells “The Stand is coming to CBS All Access”


After years of waiting to see if a new adaptation would actually get off the ground, plans for The Stand have finally come into focus.

According to Deadline, a new adaptation of Stephen King’s apocalyptic epic is coming to CBS All Access in the form of a 10-part series from director Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars), Ben Cavell (SEAL Team) and CBS Television Studios. This is quite literally a dream project for Boone, who co-wrote the script and will be serving as director of the series.

Speaking of the adaptation in a statement, Boone remarked:

"“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.”"

The Stand tells the story of a world that has been ravaged by the plague, in which survivors find themselves torn between sides in the ultimate battle of good versus evil. Considered by many to be King’s masterpiece, fans have waited several years for a new adaptation to come together.

The Stand–Courtesy of ABC

Oscar-winner Ben Affleck was once in talks to direct a feature film before those plans fell apart. Eventually, rumors spread that we’d be getting a two-part cinematic experience a la Andrés Muschietti’s big-screen version of It, but that proposal never came to fruition either. With the project in developmental hell, it became evident that the serviceable-but-dated 1994 mini-series would be the only adaptation we’d have of the classic novel for quite some time- which makes this news all-the-more exciting, even if it’s not the film version we’ve been hoping for.

Stephen King himself is rather stoked about the adaptation as well, making the statement:

"“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.”"

There isn’t yet any word on who will be starring in the series, but now that CBS All Access is making waves with titles such as The Stand and the upcoming Jordan Peele Twilight Zone reboot, it might be time to throw money at yet another streaming service.

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