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Stephen King’s ‘The Stand’ Hits The Small Screen With Series Order for CBS All Access

BY Murielle Foster

Published 4 years ago

Stephen King's 'The Stand' Hits The Small Screen With Series Order for CBS All Access

Stephen King’s highly-acclaimed post-apocalyptic horror novel The Stand is set for a series adaptation produced by CBS Television Studios.

According to Variety, CBS All Access ordered a 10-episode limited series for the adaptation. It will take place in an apocalyptic world wiped out by plague and “embroiled in an elemental struggle between good and evil.” The main characters include a frail 108-year-old Mother Abigail and a few survivors. Josh Boone and Ben Cavell will write and executive produce the series. Boone will also be directing. Other executive producers include Jimmy Miller, Roy Lee, and Richard P. Rubinstein. Stephen King’s youngest son Owen King will also be a producer.

Director Josh Boone has personal sentiments tied to the book, him having read it under his bed at age 12. His Baptist parents discovered it and had it burned in their fireplace. Boone then stole his father’s FedEx account number to mail a letter of admiration for King’s work. He received a package several weeks later. King himself sent him copies of his books. He also got a note from the author thanking him for being a fan and encouraging him to keep writing.

“My parents, genuinely moved by King’s kindness and generosity, lifted the ban on his books that very day,” said Boone. He then replied later on saying that he later wrote a cameo for King in his first film and “has been working to bring The Stand to the screen for five years.” King said in a statement that he is “very pleased” about the film adaptation for “The Stand.” He also commends all the people working in its production and says that “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,” said King.

A number of King’s best novels had been given movie adaptations, most of which are critically acclaimed. The 1976 film Carrie earned two Academy Award nominations for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress. Iconic 1980 horror film The Shining was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress. The latest film based on King’s haunting narratives was 2017’s horror film It, which generated more than 700 million in the Box Office.

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