Over the past couple of days we’ve heard that two Stephen King adaptations finally look to have escaped development hell with both The Dark Tower and It set to move forward; however, it seems the same can’t be said for The Stand, with producer Roy Lee telling Collider that the project is in “a holding pattern” as they attempt to work out how to move forward with the post-apocalyptic epic.
“Right now it’s just in a holding pattern trying to figure out how to best make the movie because we’ve toyed with breaking it up into multiple movies, making it into one, making it into two,” states Lee. “The latest draft, Josh Boone had written it and he was very anxious to make it but since then has written another script, Revival, which he’s gonna do beforehand, so we’re just waiting for that.”
Lee also went on to reveal that they have abandoned plans to split the adaptation between a movie and a lead-in TV miniseries: “There was definitely talk about doing that but the logistics made it very difficult to try to do a worldwide launch of a movie when the TV component would not necessarily be released at the same time worldwide. So it became a logistic nightmare to try to figure that out, so that plan was abandoned. That’s why there was this discussion about going to HBO or Netflix to try to do a series that launched before a movie, but we’ve been opened to everything just to make it work. I think TV would be great but Stephen King believes that his version—the miniseries that was done before is a very good interpretation of the novel.”