It was last September that The Stand director Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars) confirmed that the script for his three-hour R-rated adaptation of Stephen King’s The Stand was finished, and that King himself approved. He also revealed that the film was eyeing A-list talent to star, and already there have been rumours of Matthew McConaughey being eyed to play the villain, Randall Flagg.
There has now been a new development on the project, and according to The Wrap, the plan in to have an eight-part mini TV series come before the film, to allow the characters and story to develop.
Per The Wrap:
Before it hits a movie theater near you, Stephen King‘s epic postapocalyptic novel “The Stand” will take a revolutionary detour to the small screen, as Warner Bros. and CBS Films are in talks with Showtime to mount an eight-part miniseries that will culminate in a big-budget feature film, multiple individuals familiar with the ambitious project have told TheWrap.
Josh Boone, the “Fault In Our Stars” director who boarded “The Stand” in February 2014, will write and direct the star-studded miniseries, which is expected to start shooting early next year as one cohesive production, according to insiders.
King is expected to be involved in some capacity along with producers Roy Lee and Jimmy Miller, and high-level meetings among the filmmaking team are taking place next week to finalize the ambitious multi-platform plan. Top talent agents have already been notified, as Boone is expected to set his sights on several A-listers, many of whom have become more interested in doing limited TV in the wake of HBO’s “True Detective.”
Speaking of HBO, while Warner Bros. has a deal with the cable network since they share the same parent company, the network’s involvement was complicated by the fact that CBS Films shares “The Stand” rights with Warner. Since WB is handling theatrical distribution for “The Stand,” it was only fair that the project’s TV component fall under CBS’ deal with Showtime, though no deal is in place yet with the network.
“The Stand” chronicles an epic battle between good and evil after the American population is all but wiped out by a deadly virus. Story follows a group of survivors who fight against an Antichrist-like figure named Randall Flagg.
Originally published in 1978, “The Stand” achieved cult-like status by the time it was re-released in 1990 with additions and revisions by King. The influential novel was adapted as a star-studded TV miniseries in 1994 starring Gary Sinise, Molly Ringwald and Rob Lowe.
Synopsis for the TV movie:
When a government-run lab accidentally lets loose a deadly virus, most of the population of the world is wiped-out. Survivors begin having dreams about two figures: a mystical old woman, or a foreboding, scary man. As the story tracks various people, we begin to realize that the two figures exemplify basic forces of good and evil, and the stage is set for a final confrontation between the representatives of each.