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Stephen King's 'The Stand' to hit the big screen

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Stephen King's novels have long been source material for adaptation to the big and small screens. From the forgettable (Silver Bullet?) to the undeniably creepy (It); from the critically reviled (Maximum Overdrive) to the Oscar-nominated (Carrie, The Green Mile, Misery, and of course, The Shawshank Redemption). Now, a favorite of King readers everywhere is poised for a brand-new release: Warner Brothers and CBS plan to team up to bring out 'The Stand' as a feature film.

'The Stand', originally released in 1979, achieved a cult following that led to a 1990 re-release of an uncut version, followed by a 1994 miniseries that was nominated for several awards, and ended up winning two Emmys (for makeup and sound mixing). Continued popularity of the source material led, most recently, to a Marvel Comics adaptation that began in 2008.

News of the adaptation of 'The Stand' comes hot on the heels of the rumor that Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men) has been offered the part of the Gunslinger in the Dark Tower adaptation to be directed by Ron Howard, spanning three features and a TV miniseries between films.

Check out a 1983 interview with Stephen King here.

See also:

Dream casting: The Stand movie

Why 'The Stand' should never be a movie


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#1 Not liking it Caleb Leland 2011-02-02 00:43
This is such a long book, they would have to cut quite a bit for a feature film. They should just be happy with the mini series.
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#2 Yeah, but... Martin Anderson 2011-02-02 00:48
...the mini-series sucked. This is a vision of the end of the world that I think is still beyond all but the most committed pay network.

This book also faces the same problems as a Dickens door-stop: you just can't get everything it's got onto the screen - and it might even be a mistake to try. But if they make a trilogy out of it, I'm not sure the middle film would stand up on its own as a theatrical release. Tricky.
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#3 Two-Parter? Caleb Leland 2011-02-02 01:56
I think they could split it into two films and do it more justice than to just do it as a single feature, I agree, as a trilogy, the middle film would suffer as it would be mostly exposition and little else. I still liked the mini-series, though. It's flawed, to be sure, but I thought it was interesting. We'll agree to disagree.
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