Stephen King’s The Stand being made into a movie

Finally heading to big screen

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The next few years of cinema are going to belong to Stephen King, if all the latest activity surrounding adaptations of his work is anything to go by.

With Universal masterminding a grandiose three-movies-plus-TV-series adap of his Dark Tower series, CBS have dusted off the rights to his other masterpiece, The Stand.

Having partnered with Warner Bros, the two studios are attempting to find a way to finally wrestle the film adaptation into being.

Set in a post-apocalyptic world, The Stand follows a band of survivors who find themselves up against an evil man known as Randall Flagg.

CBS and Warner Bros are setting up meetings with writers and directors now, and are still deciding if one way of adapting King’s epic 1000+ page book will be to make numerous films.

During the ‘80s, George A. Romero attempted his own movie adap but failed to resolve the book into a movie screenplay.

King himself wrote the script for a six-hour mini-series that aired in 1994, and starred Molly Ringwald, Ed Harris and Shawnee Smith.

Can CBS and WB pull off the impossible with The Stand? Or think they're being set up for a fall? Speak up below...

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    • Jrdnsans1792

      Feb 1st 2011, 11:57

      The Stand was already a film and a really good one too, why make it again?

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    • nacho316

      Feb 1st 2011, 12:04

      Hollywood obviously think it's dated and needs freshening up.......oh and they can maybe make cash out of it because Hollywood's full of uninspired money hungry w***es who look at any excuse to remake a film to make a buck

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    • Jeffbiscuits

      Feb 1st 2011, 12:21

      Like most stuff based on Stephen King, the Stand mini series has aged very badly. The hairstyles, big teeth and stone washed denim make it look about a decade older than it really is. The Stand is an amazing story though and I would be interested to see it brought up to date. I would like to see Frank Darabont involved in some capacity. He works well with King's material, both horror and drama and The Walking Dead showed that he can do amazing things with similar source material.

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    • mcghater

      Feb 1st 2011, 12:54

      the stand was not a afilm it was a mini series, a full big budget film would be awesome provided the book is adapted properly

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    • gonzoBen

      Feb 1st 2011, 13:25

      The mini-series, from what I remember was genuinely unsettling.

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    • chocolateleaky1

      Feb 1st 2011, 20:59

      I do think a remake of the Stand is overdue, but would prefer Cell to be made, as it is a more topical end of the world story :0)

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    • Hadouken76

      Feb 1st 2011, 21:54

      I was never a fan of Kings' works, it seems like he always spent 50 pages describing post being delivered. But this sounds interesting and could be a prequel to The Dark Tower series.

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    • mcghater

      Feb 1st 2011, 22:45

      i imagine a major sticking point would be how the book ends

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    • Desperation

      Feb 2nd 2011, 17:08

      I'm normally the world's biggest hater of remakes, but i'm willing to be open minded on this one. As worthy as the original mini-series is, it is, as Jeffbiscuits says, really showing it's age and it would be nice to see it introduced to a new audience. It would have to be at least two films though, and preferably a trilogy. No way on earth can it fit into one movie.

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