Well, if you were looking for a reason to subscribe to CBS All Access and you’re a Stephen King fan – your reason just arrived. The streaming service announced today that The Stand – Stephen King’s epic vision of the end of the world – has been given a 10 episode order with Josh Boone and Ben Cavell at the helm.
Boone will direct from an adaptation penned by himself and Cavell. What does Mr. King think of this news? â€œIâ€™m excited and so very pleased that The Stand is going to have a new life on this exciting new platform,â€ So, the man himself seems to have given this project his blessing. He went on to say – â€œThe people involved are men and women who know exactly what theyâ€™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.â€
Josh Boone shared the following story when the project was announced. â€œI read The Stand under my bed when I was 12, and my Baptist parents burned it in our fireplace upon discovery, incensed, I stole my Dadâ€™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 Kingâ€™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. Iâ€™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 Kingâ€™s masterwork.â€
No word on when we might be able to subscribe and view but – I’m sure that info is forthcoming so – hang around a bit, updates will be given.