Josh Boone is finally going to be able to bring Stephen King‘s ‘The Stand’ to life but instead of a feature film, it is now poised to be a 10-episode series. He’ll be co-writing it with Ben Cavell (‘Justified’,’Homeland’) and the two are also set to executive produce the series. Boone does get to fully realize this passion project as he’ll also be directing.
King is excited to see a new take on his iconic work and has been working with the development of it with Boone for years. Of this new development he said:
“I’m excited and so very pleased that The Stand is going to have a new life on this exciting new platform. 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.”
On the production end of things, Vertigo Entertainment’s Roy Lee, Mosaic’s Jimmy Miller and Richard P. Rubinstein (who was a producer of ABC’s 1994 version of ‘The Stand’) will come onboard as Executive Producers with Will Weiske and Miri Yoon are co-exec producers, and finally Stephen King’s son, Owen King set to produce.
As for Boone’s love of the series, he shared:
“I read The Stand under my bed when I was 12, and my Baptist parents burned it in our fireplace upon discovery. 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. I wrote King a cameo as himself in my first film and have been working to bring The Stand to the screen for five years. I’ve found incredible partners in CBS All Access and Ben Cavell. Together with Stephen King, Owen King, my longtime producing partners Knate Lee and Jill Killington, we plan to bring you the ultimate version of King’s masterwork.”
CBS All Access also commented on their excitement to bring this series to life with Julie McNamara, executive VP originals at CBS All Access releasing the following statement:
“With over 400 million books sold around the world, Stephen King is one of our greatest living authors, and The Stand is widely considered the crown jewel of his work. Millions of fans have been waiting for a modern interpretation that delivers on its depth, scope, and ambition. We are thrilled to be working with Stephen, Josh, Ben and a dedicated team working passionately to bring this brilliant material to life.”
‘The Stand’ is one of King’s most iconic works and this won’t be just a fresh coat of paint on the miniseries which was previously released.
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Source: The Hollywood Reporter