CBS All Access has given a 10-episode order to The Stand, a new adaptation of Stephen King’s bestselling novel as a limited event. The project hails from Josh Boone (The Fault In Our Stars) and SEAL Team creator/executive producer Ben Cavell, and CBS Television Studios.
Boone and Cavell penned the adaptation, and Boone will direct. The Stand is King’s apocalyptic vision of a world decimated by plague and embroiled in an elemental struggle between good and evil. The fate of mankind rests on the frail shoulders of the 108-year-old Mother Abagail and a handful of survivors. Their worst nightmares are embodied in a man with a lethal smile and unspeakable powers: Randall Flagg, the Dark Man.
“I’m excited and so very pleased that The Stand is going to have a new life on this exciting new platform,” said King. “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.”
Boone and Cavell executive produce with Roy Lee, Jimmy Miller and Richard P. Rubinstein. Will Weiske and Miri Yoon will serve as co-executive producers and Owen King will produce. CBS TV Studios is the studio.
“I read The Stand under my bed when I was 12, and my Baptist parents burned it in our fireplace upon discovery,” said Boone. “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.”
The project has been in development at CBS All Access for a while. The Stand was previously adapted for TV as a four-part miniseries which aired on ABC in 1994. King wrote the teleplay and had a minor role in the series, which earned six Emmy nominations, winning two for sound mixing and makeup.
“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,” said Julie McNamara, EVP, Original Content, CBS All Access. “We are thrilled to be working with Stephen, Josh, Ben and a dedicated team working passionately to bring this brilliant material to life.”
Boone is in post-production on X-Men spinoff The New Mutants, which he co-wrote and directs. It’s slated for release in August.
Cavell created and executive produces CBS’ SEAL Team, which is currently in its second season. His previous credits include co-executive producer on Sneaky Pete and Homeland, and executive producer on Justified.
The Stand joins CBS All Access’ growing slate, including current series The Good Fight, No Activity, Strange Angel and Tell Me a Story, and the upcoming reimagining of The Twilight Zone and new series Why Women Kill.