Stephen Kings The Stand Heading For The Big Screen

Warners still deciding whether it should be one film, or multiple films

The 1978 novel was King’s fourth book, and a 1990 revision added over 400 pages to make it also his longest (over 1,100 pages), as well as one of his biggest sellers (possibly second only to The Dark Tower ). Its story is also vast in scope, set in a world where a virus has wiped out much of the population, a featuring a massive cast, parallel, overlapping storylines and a fundamental underlying message about good and evil. There was a TV mini-series in 1984 and a Marvel Comics adaptation a couple of years back.

So, The Dark Tower and The Stand are now both in development as major movies. Long gone are the days when the phrase “Stephen King movie adaptation” meant “dodgy, cheap horror film with a poster that makes the most of King’s name, while the script makes little of his words”.

Dave Golder
Freelance Writer

Dave is a TV and film journalist who specializes in the science fiction and fantasy genres. He's written books about film posters and post-apocalypses, alongside writing for SFX Magazine for many years.