After spending some five years in development as a feature, it was announced this past January that filmmaker Josh Boone’s (The Fault in Our Stars) adaptation of Stephen King’s post-apocalyptic epic The Stand is heading to the small screen, with CBS All Access granting the project a ten-episode season order.
Appearing on the Post Mortem Podcast, hosted by Mick Garris (director of the 1994 TV miniseries), King has shared his thoughts on this new adaptation, as well as giving a brief update on its progress.
“I like Josh Boone’s work,” said King. “I actually worked with him on his first feature (2012’s Stuck in Love). I couldn’t act in it, which is what he wanted me to do, so I had to be an audio thing. And then he did The Fault in Our Stars, which I thought showed his grasp of the medium. I like him a lot. I like his reach, his ambition for it. But, really, the thing I’m mostly excited about is, first of all, we’ve got two more hours to tell the story and, second, we’re free of all those things that held us back with The Stand — that is to say, not only is the budget bigger, even if you equalize the two eras, we’re [more free] in terms of language and in terms of violence in a way that we weren’t with the original Stand. CBS All Access would really like this to work, I think, and they put a lot of muscle behind it, so I’m hopeful, but it’s early days yet. The casting isn’t complete. My son Owen has written some of the scripts and they’re terrific, so it’s good.”
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