The future of Warner Bros. Pictures’ adaptation of the massive 1978 Stephen King novel The Stand is looking bigger and brighter than ever! According to a story today at The Wrap, the current plan is to, in an unprecedented move, begin the story on television. An eight-part Showtime miniseries event is being eyed, which would set up the story and its characters to culminate in director Josh Boone’s feature film.
Did you get that? That’s an 8 part mini-series followed by a full length film! Yeah!
Previously adapted as a television miniseries in 1994, The Stand tells the story of a full-scale apocalypse, driven by the accidental release of a biological weapon and the ensuing struggle of good versus evil carried out by the world’s final survivors.
Previous reports suggested that Academy Award-winning actor Matthew McConaughey was being sought to play the story’s villain, the demonic figure Randall Flagg. Apropos of nothing, King’s book itself recently made a brief-but-memorable cameo opposite the star in Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar. Boone is said to be a longtime fan of King and even gave the novelist a cameo in his 2012 film, Stuck in Love. He’s also already attached to 20th Century Fox’s upcoming X-Men spinoff, The New Mutants. He’s also attached to helm the Universal Pictures project The Vampire Chronicles, based on Anne Rice’s famous series of novels.