These days, fans of post-apocalyptic survival/horror movies and shows have a lot of material to dive into, from the recently released Bird Box, to the new Fox thriller, The Passage, and even to AMC’s The Walking Dead.
But fans will soon have the opportunity to see a new TV version of the king of all post-apocalyptic stories: Stephen King’s The Stand. CBS All Access announced on January 30 that it has ordered a 10-episode series based on King’s epic novel.
The Stand features the ultimate battle of good versus evil, after a super plague has wiped out a huge percentage of the world’s population. The few survivors split into two factions, one traveling to Colorado to follow an old woman named Mother Abagail, and the other gathering in Las Vegas to support the evil Randall Flagg—one of King’s best characters. Flagg appears in a number of other books written by King, but it’s in The Stand where he truly shines.
The Stand is one of King’s best novels—if not the best, it’s definitely in the top 3 for me. In turn, I was very excited to hear this news. However, I then remembered the last time CBS worked on one of King’s novels and became a little more reserved. The CBS version of Under the Dome, which I greatly enjoyed in novel form, was a pretty terrible TV show. I gave up watching it after the first season and am surprised to see it lasted three seasons from 2013 to 2015 (39 episodes).
I’m hoping that The Stand will be better, under the production of the All Access branch of CBS. I’m encouraged that it’s only 10 episodes, and I think that the enthralling plot of The Stand will help make this new TV iteration worth watching. A made-for-TV four-part version of The Stand aired on ABC in 1994, starring Gary Sinise, Molly Ringwald, Rob Lowe, and Miguel Ferrer (!). It wasn’t great, but it wasn’t awful either. So I can envision this story translating to TV in a very effective way if done right.
Josh Boone (director of The Fault in Our Stars) and Ben Cavell (writer for Justified and Homeland) will write and executive produce the show, with Boone also directing. Casting and an air date haven’t been announced yet.
Definitely looking forward to this one. Stay tuned for more coverage as details are released.