“The Stand” has long been been held in high regard by fans of Stephen King as his best work. Personally, my favorite book of his is “IT” but King’s tale of a post-apocalyptic battle between good and evil ranks in my top five. And it seems the good people at Warner Brothers are also fond of it because the news broke today that they are developing “The Stand” for a major theatrical release.
ABC first tackled the 1152 page monster back in 1994 with a star-studded mini-series that featured Molly Ringwald, Miguel Ferrer and Gary Sinise and drug its rotting corpse across my television for six excruciating hours. Admittedly I may be the only person alive who didn’t enjoy this adaptation. My friends certainly gave me hell about it. While it had some great moments and Gary Sinise is certainly easy on the eyes it mostly made me moan and cry and beg for death. I tried watching it again two or three years ago with the dim hope that my memory of it was tainted by the white zinfandel induced fog I spent most of the 90s in but I found it to be even more appalling the second time around. Yell and scream all you want, that’s how I feel. You certainly wouldn’t be the first to call me names and turn up your nose in disgust. The TV adaptation of “IT” was only marginally better…mostly thanks to the brilliance of Tim Curry, but there were still long segments of it that I’d like to forget.
The article in The Hollywood Reporter points out that the adaptation is still in its infancy so no decision has been made as to whether the story would be broken up into multiple films or not. Nor is there any word on who will direct. With the impending release of Ron Howard’s The Dark Tower it looks like Stephen King’s stories are hotter than usual these days. Maybe now the remakes of IT and Pet Sematary will dig their way out of development hell. I’ve also heard that Spielberg bought the rights to King’s most recent opus “Under the Dome” and there were rumors of a remake of Christine in development over at the SyFy Channel. We’ll see I what materializes I guess.
So who do you think should play bad guy Randall Flagg in this shiny new version of “The Stand”? How about Frannie or Mother Abigail? What say you internets?