The Stand: Stephen King book adaptation ordered to series for CBS All-Access


The Stand by Stephen King is one of the greatest horror novels of his career and now fans will get to see it back on television for its second small-screen adaptation.

The first version came in 1994 when ABC released it as a four-episode miniseries.

While it had great casting (Gary Sinise, Molly Ringwald, Rob Lowe, Miguel Ferrer, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, and many more), the biggest complaint was that it was neutered for network television.

With that said, the new version of The Stand will be closer to Stephen King’s original vision of an R-rated and horrific post-apocalyptic future. That is because this version of The Stand is coming to CBS All Access.

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We reported last year that CBS All Access was interested in bringing The Stand to their streaming service. The news at that time was that this was going to be a 10-hour series (four hours longer than the ABC version).

It sounds like they like what Josh Boone (The New Mutants) brought them because they officially ordered it to series, according to a report by Deadline.

The Stand almost came to life two years ago with a version starring Matthew McConaughey at Warner Bros. Josh Boone was also involved in that one but it fell apart and the rights reverted back to CBS.

McConaughey went on to star in The Dark Tower movie instead — a story that had The Dark Man, which is a very close version of Randall Flagg from The Stand.

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Boone and Ben Cavell (Justified, Homeland) wrote the script for the series with Boone directing all 10 episodes. There is no cast announced yet.

There is no announced date for when fans can expect The Stand to air on CBS All-Access. Boone’s next movie, The New Mutants, will hit theaters in August.