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Stephen King's massive book The Stand will become a massive movie

01.31.2011

Stephen King's DARK TOWER series isn't the author's only expansive work currently getting translated into an ambitious movie project.

Not content to watch Ron Howard and Universal have their fun with the Gunslinger, Warner Bros. and CBS Films are getting into king-size King business with a feature adaptation of his colossal post-apocalyptic novel THE STAND.

According to Heat Vision, "the studios and producers will sit down with writers and directors in the coming weeks in an attempt to find the right take on the material. One thing to be determined is whether to attempt the adaptation in one or multiple movies. King will be involved in some capacity."

King's sprawling tale of good versus evil follows the various survivors of lethal biological weapon known as Captain Trips. The diverse characters are slowly drawn together to take sides in a final showdown in Vegas.

The book was previously adapted in a 1994 ABC TV miniseries, starring Gary Sinise. Marvel has been presenting the story in comic form over the past few years.

Extra Tidbit: Guess there's no chance for a Flagg crossover with the DARK TOWER, huh?
Source: Heat Vision

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8:31PM on 02/01/2011

Great cast in the TV Movie, boring as hell though.

Kinda don't want to see this if it's anything like the Mini-series was. I didn't read the book so I'm sure the book is 100 times better.
Kinda don't want to see this if it's anything like the Mini-series was. I didn't read the book so I'm sure the book is 100 times better.
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5:44PM on 02/01/2011
A series of movies and directed by Frank Darabont!
A series of movies and directed by Frank Darabont!
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3:18PM on 02/01/2011

Trilogy

Make it into a trilogy, get Darabont to direct, and Im IN !!!
Make it into a trilogy, get Darabont to direct, and Im IN !!!
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1:28PM on 02/01/2011

Trilogy

do it lord of the rings style; three movies, the first two don't have to end in a traditional way. Keep all the characters. Good times
do it lord of the rings style; three movies, the first two don't have to end in a traditional way. Keep all the characters. Good times
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11:58AM on 02/01/2011
This will be a complete failure if adapted into just one film. I'm all for a 2 part film or a second shot at the tv series, this time on HBO or Showtime.
This will be a complete failure if adapted into just one film. I'm all for a 2 part film or a second shot at the tv series, this time on HBO or Showtime.
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11:16AM on 02/01/2011
Love the book...liked the mini-series...really liking the idea of a big screen adapt. Maybe 2 movies could be made out of it. I'm behind this one!
Love the book...liked the mini-series...really liking the idea of a big screen adapt. Maybe 2 movies could be made out of it. I'm behind this one!
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10:38AM on 02/01/2011
Best King story ive read.. definately needs multiple movies to do it right.
Best King story ive read.. definately needs multiple movies to do it right.
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9:29AM on 02/01/2011
I say turn it into a full tv series. Each season introduces a little more drama on the effects of the plague until season 2 end when the plague kills off everyone. Then season 3 starts with the survivors searching for each other and where to live. Season 4 starts the return of cities, clean up efforts, and the first strikes against each other. We see things from the perspective of the people in boulder. Season 5 the strikes result in a group heading to vegas for a final encounter with flagg. We
I say turn it into a full tv series. Each season introduces a little more drama on the effects of the plague until season 2 end when the plague kills off everyone. Then season 3 starts with the survivors searching for each other and where to live. Season 4 starts the return of cities, clean up efforts, and the first strikes against each other. We see things from the perspective of the people in boulder. Season 5 the strikes result in a group heading to vegas for a final encounter with flagg. We see how things are in vegas and how flagg has created a powerful empire. Season 6 is the final battle with both sides openly hostile and flagg is forced to leave as vegas is destroyed. Remainder of the season focuses on events back in boulder as the people there adjust to the end of the fighting and rebuilding the human race.
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8:49AM on 02/01/2011

whilst i do...

like the mini-series, they totaly mis-interpreted the ending. This time i'd like to see them do it right.
like the mini-series, they totaly mis-interpreted the ending. This time i'd like to see them do it right.
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6:20AM on 02/01/2011
I'm hip to this news for now but it NEEDS to be multiple movies, no other way to do it.
I'm hip to this news for now but it NEEDS to be multiple movies, no other way to do it.
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6:03AM on 02/01/2011

I'm with Nite Owl

Turn it in to a trilogy. I love the mini-series, but I'd be open to this.
Turn it in to a trilogy. I love the mini-series, but I'd be open to this.
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1:48AM on 02/01/2011
Also:
Gimmie some IT!
Also:
Gimmie some IT!
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1:40AM on 02/01/2011

The Extra Tidbit

First thing I thought of, and perhaps why WB is mobilizing the adaptation at this stage; if they each have rights to use the villain, WB want to get there first. I imagine they'll end up just calling Flagg "Walter O'Dim" in the Dark Tower.
First thing I thought of, and perhaps why WB is mobilizing the adaptation at this stage; if they each have rights to use the villain, WB want to get there first. I imagine they'll end up just calling Flagg "Walter O'Dim" in the Dark Tower.
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1:10AM on 02/01/2011
I second the trilogy idea. Three 2 1/2 hour installments should do it justice. I really love the mini-series, but I've always thought both this and IT should have quality theatrical film adaptations. If they do end up remaking it, it's just going to be really difficult filling Tim Curry's shoes (unless by some chance they can bring him back). The Stand, if done right, could be unbelievably epic.
I second the trilogy idea. Three 2 1/2 hour installments should do it justice. I really love the mini-series, but I've always thought both this and IT should have quality theatrical film adaptations. If they do end up remaking it, it's just going to be really difficult filling Tim Curry's shoes (unless by some chance they can bring him back). The Stand, if done right, could be unbelievably epic.
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1:01AM on 02/01/2011
I liked the mini-series. It captured the message and characters of the book almost to a tee. I'm hoping if they do this, they don't condense it into a 90 minute PG rated crapfest. Its gotta be at least two movies, rated R, and starring as few stars as possible.
I liked the mini-series. It captured the message and characters of the book almost to a tee. I'm hoping if they do this, they don't condense it into a 90 minute PG rated crapfest. Its gotta be at least two movies, rated R, and starring as few stars as possible.
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12:55AM on 02/01/2011

Darabont

I second the Darabont request.
I second the Darabont request.
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12:34AM on 02/01/2011

IT NEEDS AN EPIC TRILOGY...

Get Frank Darabont to Direct.
Get Frank Darabont to Direct.
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12:31AM on 02/01/2011
I would think given Randall Flagg (and his many alternate personas) is a central villain in The Dark Tower, my first thought is why wouldn't he be there...but then the story already gets dangerously metaphysical with Stephen King himself being a character, so crossing over into The Stand might blow a few minds.
I would think given Randall Flagg (and his many alternate personas) is a central villain in The Dark Tower, my first thought is why wouldn't he be there...but then the story already gets dangerously metaphysical with Stephen King himself being a character, so crossing over into The Stand might blow a few minds.
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12:08AM on 02/01/2011
Sounds cool.
Sounds cool.
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11:59PM on 01/31/2011
I once attempted to read The Stand but before I got too far into it, I noticed the last couple pages were missing. Can you imagine reading through this beast and find the ending is missing? Definitely have to find a new copy
I once attempted to read The Stand but before I got too far into it, I noticed the last couple pages were missing. Can you imagine reading through this beast and find the ending is missing? Definitely have to find a new copy
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