It’s been a long gestation period for Josh Boone’s (The New Mutants) adaptation of Stephen King’s The Stand, but we finally have an update: it’s now reportedly becoming a 10-hour limited series at CBS. This comes from The Tracking Board, which reports that Boone’s TV adaptation will air on CBS All Access, the network’s streaming subscription service, which is also the home of Star Trek: Discovery.
This is quite the change from what Boone originally intended for his King passion project (Boone is a big fan of the writer’s work): an extremely faithful four-part movie franchise that would explore the 823-page tome in full.
“[WB] came back and said, ‘would you do it as multiple films?’ and I said, ‘fuck yes!’” Boone told Kevin Smith’s Babble-On podcast in 2014. “I loved my script, and I was willing to drop it in an instant because you’re able to do an even truer version that way. So I think we are going to do like four movies.”
At that point, Boone had planned to go into production the following year and even teased that he had a few actors in mind for key roles, but that was before he began working on Fox’s The New Mutants X-Men movie, which has faced a few delays and is about to go into an extensive reshoot. His continued work on the superhero horror film has kept Boone from moving forward with The Stand.
It should be noted that it seemed like Warner Bros. had scrapped the four-film adaptation idea all the way back in 2015 when it was reported that The Stand would instead begin as an eight-hour Showtime miniseries that would then lead into a three-hour feature film. That still left a lot of space for Boone to adapt the story as faithfully as possible without so many additional movies.
Interestingly enough, Boone had considered Matthew McConaughey (True Detective) to play the villainous Flagg before the project came to a halt. As we all know, McConaughey would go on to play a version of Flagg in The Dark Tower, a disaster of a King adaptation that has forced Sony to go back to the drawing board and rethink the books as a rebooted TV series at Amazon. We can only assume McConaughey won’t be back for The Dark Tower and isn’t interested in The Stand.
Either way, The Tracking Board reports that The Stand will be Boone’s next project after New Mutants is finally in the can. Hopefully, we won’t have to wait so long before the next update.