Depending on where you…erm… stand on this, Stephen King’s The Stand is either one of greatest works of post-apocalyptic literature ever written, or a bloated, boring book that involves lot’s of walking and talking. It is certainly a weighty tome.
One thing is for sure. Despite an earlier attempt in 1994, it’s never really been done justice in live action.
CBS are hoping to change that with a limited series. A mini-series in 1990s terminology. Now they have set a premiere date of December 17th on their All Access streaming service.
The story deals with a global pandemic caused by a virus known as Captain Tripps which leaks out of a military lab. 99% of the world’s population is killed by the disease. The survivors are immune to the disease. As they wander a dystopian landscape they find other survivors and group together. Some are drawn to a kind-hearted and gentle woman called Mother Abigail.
Others find themselves gathering in a crumbling Las Vegas around a mysterious, enigmatic man called Randall Flagg. As the two groups of survivors clearly represent the light and the dark, the good and the evil, it is inevitable that they are drawn into a final conflict with each other. The must both take a stand against the other.
The cast includes Whoopi Goldberg as Mother Abagail, Alexander Skarsgard as Randall Flagg, James Marsden as Stu Redman, Amber Heard as Nadine Cross, Jovan Adepo as Larry Underwood, Heather Graham as Rita Blakemoor, Owen Teague as Harold Lauder, and Odessa Young as Frannie Goldsmith.
Josh Boone (The New Mutants) directs, writes and produces the new series while Ben Cavell serves as showrunner, co-writer and executive producer.