Following a prolonged dealmaking process, the subscription video on demand platform announced a straight-to-series, 10-episode order for a drama based on the novel of the same name. Josh Boone, who was previously attached to write a feature film based on the epic novel, is set to pen the script alongside Ben Cavell (Justified, Homeland). The Stand has long been a passion project for Boone.
“I’m excited and so very pleased that The Stand is going to have a new life on this exciting new platform,” King said of the series. “The people involved are men and women who know exactly what they’re doing; 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.”
Boone (who directed The Fault in Our Stars and wrote/helmed the upcoming The New Mutants) and Cavell will write and exec produce The Stand, with the former also on board to direct. Vertigo Entertainment’s Roy Lee (It), Mosaic’s Jimmy Miller (Land of the Lost) and Richard P. Rubinstein (who produced ABC’s 1994 take on The Stand) will exec produce the CBS TV Studios drama. Will Weiske (Land of the Lost) and Miri Yoon (Jonah Hex, Lore) will serve as co-exec producers, while Stephen King’s son, Owen King, will produce.
First published in 1978, the 1,100-page novel is being described as an original limited event series. The drama will bring to life King’s apocalyptic vision of a world decimated by plague and embroiled in an elemental struggle between good and evil. The fate of mankind rests on the frail shoulders of the 108-year-old Mother Abagail and a handful of survivors. Their worst nightmares are embodied in a man with a lethal smile and unspeakable powers: Randall Flagg, the Dark Man.