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Warner Bros. & CBS take The Stand, Stephen King's dystopic tale hitting the big screen!

01.31.2011by: Jake Dee

Now here's certainly the most exciting news of the day!

THR is reporting Warner Brothers and CBS Films are pairing up to bring Stephen King's superlative post-apocalyptic yarn THE STAND to the big screen, a task once scrapped in the 80s (with George Romero attached) and once adapted into a watered down TV series in 1994. Hopefully, a la Frank Darabont, this King adaptation is done right!

No writer(s) or director has been attached yet, but word is producers Roy Lee and Mosaic will start meeting with people in the weeks to come. First line of business? Whether to compress the novel into one film or stretch it out over a multitude (like THE DARK TOWER). Either way, King is said to be involved with the process somehow. The man has earned at least that much, right?

In case you missed THE STAND, here's a synopsis from King's own website:

One man escapes from a biological weapon facility after an accident, carrying with him the deadly virus known as Captain Tripps, a rapidly mutating flu that - in the ensuing weeks - wipes out most of the world's population. In the aftermath, survivors choose between following an elderly black woman to Boulder or the dark man, Randall Flagg, who has set up his command post in Las Vegas. The two factions prepare for a confrontation between the forces of good and evil.

THE STAND, despite it's big and small screen woes heretofore, has seen great success being adapted by Marvel in the last few years.

So what's up, how do you feel about all this? You a fan of seeing THE STAND hit the big screen? Or does the cinematic track record of King adaptations speak for itself? If you like the idea, should the film span mulitple sequels? Who should direct?

Extra Tidbit: Shawnee Smith (above) played Julie Lawry in 2 episodes of "The Stand" mini-series.
Source: THR



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