Early this year, it was announced that a new adaptation of Stephen King‘s 1978 novel The Stand was coming from CBS All Access in ten parts, directed and co-written by Josh Boone. Of course, King’s novel was first turned into a television mini-series back in 1994, with Mick Garris in the director’s chair. And two days ago marked the original adaptation’s 25th anniversary, celebrated on this week’s episode of ‘Post Mortem’, which featured an hour-long interview with Stephen King, wherein King and Garris reflected on the original adaptation of the novel. King also touched upon the new version:
“I like Josh Boone’s work, I actually worked with him on his first feature. And then he did The Fault in Our Stars, which I thought showed his grasp of the medium. And I like him a lot. I like his reach… his ambition for The Stand. Really the thing I’m most excited about is, first of all, we’ve got two more hours to tell the story. And second, we’re free of all those things that held us back with the original mini-series. Not only is the budget bigger… we’re free… in terms of language, in terms of violence… in a way that we weren’t with the original. CBS All Access would really like this to work. And they’ve put a lot of muscle behind it. So I’m hopeful. But it’s early days yet… so. The casting isn’t complete. My son Owen has written some of the scripts, and they’re terrific. So. It’s good.”
Of course one perhaps shouldn’t totally take King’s views as gospel. He famously expressed his dislike for Stanley Kubrick’s film of The Shining – though he seems to have changed his mind about it. I thought The Fault in Our Stars was horrid – but much of that could have down to the script. But I share his enthusiasm for this project, and this new King craze seems set to go on and on.