“Above, the stars shone hard and bright…”
CBS All Access announced a new limited event series, The Stand, based on Stephen King’s novel of the same name.
The TV series will be offered on CBS’ digital subscription and live streaming service and will consist of 10 episodes. Josh Boone and Ben Cavell will be executive producing and writing the script, with Boone also directing.
The Stand takes place during an apocalyptic time period with the struggle of good vs. evil lingering heavily. The fate of the world is left up to Mother Abagail – a 108-year-old woman – and a group of other survivors. Randall Flagg, also known as the Dark Man, haunts them with his unimaginable powers.
“I’m excited and so very pleased that The Stand is going to have a new life on this exciting new platform,” King said in a statement. “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 described how attached he felt to the story when he was young, and how he ended up connecting to King, who further encouraged Boone’s storytelling abilities.
“I read The Stand under my bed when I was 12, and my Baptist parents burned it in our fireplace upon discovery,” Boone said. “Incensed, I stole my Dad’s FedEx account number and mailed King a letter professing my love for his work. Several weeks later, I came home to find a box had arrived from Maine, and inside were several books, each inscribed with a beautiful note from god himself, who encouraged me in my writing and thanked me for being a fan. My parents, genuinely moved by King’s kindness and generosity, lifted the ban on his books that very day.”
Roy Lee, Jimmy Miller and Richard P. Rubinstein will also be serving as executive producers, along with Will Weiske and Miri Yoon as co-executive producers and Owen King as producer.
Along with The Stand, CBS announced a premiere date for Jordan Peele’s The Twilight Zone, which will come to CBS All Access this spring.
King is admired by many for his storytelling abilities in the horror genre, with IT passing $700 million worldwide at the box office last year, hitting a major milestone.
For more on King’s work, read about how IT: Chapter 2’s time jump will work for the upcoming sequel, and how he gave teenage film students the rights to one of his short stories.
Jessie Wade is a news writer for IGN and thinks Stephen King is an incredible writer, but refuses to see his main films because she’s too terrified to watch them. Follow her on Twitter @jessieannwade.