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Josh Boone's The Stand will be preceded by an 8-part miniseries on Showtime

06.05.2015

I'm one of those jerks who have neither read Stephen King's "The Stand" nor seen the 1994 TV miniseries of the same time, but I am aware that "The Stand" is quite the gigantic book and therefore a tricky thing to condense. The big-screen adaptation of THE STAND has been a long time coming with the project entering and exiting many different hands before THE FAULT IN OUR STARS director Josh Boone settled in to write and direct the adaptation.

The director originally sold the studio on a single three-hour movie before the studio then offered Boone the option of making THE STAND into four films. Well it looks as though things have changed once again as The Wrap is reporting that THE STAND will once again consist of a single feature-film, but it will now be preceded by an eight-part miniseries. Warner Bros. and CBS Films are currently in talks with Showtime about airing the series which would also be written and directed by Josh Boone.

As far as actors are concerned, The Wrap mentions that Josh Boone has his sights set on many A-list stars for the project. It's possible that Matthew McConaughey, whose involvment in the film has been rumoured for some time, could be one of them. As for me, I'm off to the library to take out a copy of "The Stand." Maybe then people will stop pelting my door with rotten vegetables.

What do you folks think, is this the best way to adapt The Stand?

Source: The Wrap

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6:48AM on 06/08/2015

Don't bother reading it...

Like all Stephen King books, he starts out strong, then just meanders, makes a bunch of immature sexual references, and then at the very end, realizing he doesn't know how to end the story he just puts down the first unsatisfying random bulls*** he can think of and slaps a "done" note on it.
Like all Stephen King books, he starts out strong, then just meanders, makes a bunch of immature sexual references, and then at the very end, realizing he doesn't know how to end the story he just puts down the first unsatisfying random bulls*** he can think of and slaps a "done" note on it.
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12:55AM on 06/07/2015

well this needs to be...

Rated R, you can't do this as a PG-13 movie, there's so much source material and craziness into this too. I liked the idea of an 8 part miniseries than the movie. But they better release the movie like a month after. Not like do the show then wait a fuckin year that will suck and will ruin everything. I have faith in this.
Rated R, you can't do this as a PG-13 movie, there's so much source material and craziness into this too. I liked the idea of an 8 part miniseries than the movie. But they better release the movie like a month after. Not like do the show then wait a fuckin year that will suck and will ruin everything. I have faith in this.
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3:08PM on 06/06/2015

Set-Up for Failure

If you're going to start as a mini-series, then just keep it a mini-series. Have a 10-part special event like Band of Brothers and call it a day. If you start off with a series and finish as a movie, you're limiting that film's audience right off the bat to those who've seen the series. If people out there don't get a chance to catch up on the mini-series first, then they'll skip out on the film.

Having said that, I love The Stand. It's my favorite book. Adapting it into 4 features I
If you're going to start as a mini-series, then just keep it a mini-series. Have a 10-part special event like Band of Brothers and call it a day. If you start off with a series and finish as a movie, you're limiting that film's audience right off the bat to those who've seen the series. If people out there don't get a chance to catch up on the mini-series first, then they'll skip out on the film.

Having said that, I love The Stand. It's my favorite book. Adapting it into 4 features I don't see working either as the narrative isn't structured that way. Yes, they can make it work, but at what cost - ie how many changes? If I recall, The Stand wasn't exactly action packed. Sure, there were moments, but no all out battles. It was build, build, build build then the end climax. At least in a mini-series format, you can leave each episode on a cliff-hanger without having a HUGE ending. I would LOVE to see Darabont take it on ala Walking Dead for a mini-series. Anyway, my two cents...
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9:23PM on 06/05/2015
Kevin,
Two things...
1) I'm not sure if it was just poor wording or not, but the book was published in 1978 which would not be the "same time" as the 1994 mini-series.
2) Save yourself a trip to the library the mini-series is streaming on Netflix.
Kevin,
Two things...
1) I'm not sure if it was just poor wording or not, but the book was published in 1978 which would not be the "same time" as the 1994 mini-series.
2) Save yourself a trip to the library the mini-series is streaming on Netflix.
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3:02AM on 06/06/2015
I think he must have meant "same name".
I think he must have meant "same name".
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