It is Stephen King’s world; we’re simply residing in it. Throughout New York Comedian Con, CBS All Entry dropped the primary official trailer for its ten-episode restricted miniseries of The Stand, an adaptation of King’s sprawling 1978 post-apocalyptic fantasy novel in regards to the aftermath of a lethal pandemic that wipes out many of the world’s inhabitants.
(Some spoilers for the Stephen King novel beneath.)
The Stand is extensively thought of to be amongst King’s finest work, with a sprawling forged of characters and a number of storylines. It is also his longest, with the 1990 Full and Uncut Version surpassing even It in web page rely. King has stated he needed to jot down an epic darkish fantasy akin to The Lord of the Rings, solely with a up to date American setting. “Instead of a hobbit, my hero was a Texan named Stu Redman, and instead of a Dark Lord, my villain was a ruthless drifter and supernatural madman named Randall Flagg,” King wrote in his 1981 nonfiction e book, Danse Macabre. “The land of Mordor (‘where the shadows lie,’ according to Tolkien) was played by Las Vegas.”
The novel opens with the accident launch of an particularly contagious and lethal influenza virus (dubbed the “superflu” or “Captain Trips”), developed as a organic weapon in a secret US authorities laboratory. The accident kills everybody within the laboratory apart from a safety guard named Charles Campion, who escapes and tries to flee along with his household. However he’s already contaminated, and spreads the virus earlier than he dies. Even imposing martial regulation cannot comprise the virus, which ultimately spreads worldwide, killing over 99 % of humanity inside a month.
However some folks show to be immune—together with the principle protagonist, Stu Redman—and these survivors should determine easy methods to rebuild some semblance of a functioning society. They’re aided by mysterious shared desires. In a single, “Mother Abigail” Freemantle requires them to return to her Nebraska farm; the opposite entails terrifying visions of a “dark man” named Randall Flagg. Every survivor should select one or the opposite. Stu finally ends up main a bunch of survivors in Boulder, Colorado; Flagg units up a brutal totalitarian authorities in Las Vegas, the place he’s worshipped as a messiah and crucifies all those that displease him.
Adapting such an enormous novel proved daunting, with a movie model languishing in growth hell for a decade. In 1994, ABC aired a miniseries adaptation of The Stand, starring Gary Sinise, Molly Ringwalk, Rob Lowe, Ed Harris, Miguel Ferrer, Laura San Giacomo, Ossie Davis, and Ruby Dee, amongst others. The miniseries was nominated for six Emmy awards; it received two, for make-up and sound mixing.
Round 2014, Warner Bros. and CBS Movies started growing one other movie model of The Stand—at one level there have been plans for 4 separate feature-length movies to really do justice to the breadth of the supply materials. That undertaking ultimately morphed into the present restricted miniseries on CBS All Entry, co-written by Josh Boone and Ben Cavell. King and his son, Owen, penned the ultimate episodes. King’s 1990 uncut model of The Stand included an epilogue during which Flagg awakens on a seaside with no reminiscence of how he acquired there, and shortly earns the worship of the native natives. Apparently the ultimate chapter will likely be markedly completely different from the novel, and King has written a brand new coda for the CBS All Entry restricted miniseries.
On this model, James Marsden stars as Stu Redman, who leads the Boulder group that features disillusioned pop singer Larry Underwood (Jovan Adepo); a trainer named Nadine Cross (Amber Heard); pregnant school pupil Frannie Goldsmith (Odessa Younger); sociology professor Glen Bateman (Greg Kinnear); teen nerd Harold Lauder (Owen Teague); and a mentally challenged man named Tom Cullen (Brad William Henke). Alexander Skarsgård co-stars as Randall Flagg, with Whoopi Goldberg as Mom Abigail.
There was a little bit of controversy over the casting of a listening to actor, Henry Zaga, because the deaf/mute Nick Andros, however Boone assured critics that the actor had realized ASL and there have been deaf consultants on set. Heather Graham performs Rita Blakemoore, the Rat Man is now the Rat Girl (Fiona Dourif), and the character of farmer Ralph Brentner (now Ray) has been gender-swapped as nicely, performed by Irene Bedard. Marilyn Manson seems in an as-yet-undisclosed position; he additionally recorded a canopy of The Doorways “The End” for the miniseries. And Mick Garris, who directed the 1994 miniseries, will seem in a non-speaking position.
Judging by this primary trailer, we are able to count on this new adaptation of The Stand to additionally comply with the novel pretty carefully, not less than till the reworked ending. We see Larry depart New York Metropolis and discover his technique to Stu’s group in Boulder, the place he’s shocked to search out Stu has been anticipating him, due to visions from Mom Abigail. “All I know is that we dreamed of her and she was real,” Stu says. “She brought us all together to keep us safe in these uncertain times.”
Skarsgård’s Flagg (aka Darkish Man) is appropriately menacing, and we get a glimpse of his wolf kind threatening Mom Abigail. She predicts “bitter days” forward, crammed with loss of life and terror; she’s in all probability proper. There are photographs of the totalitarian society in Vegas (full with crucifixions) as Flagg assures his flock, “They told you it was wrong to want more. Their time is at an end. Our time has begun.”
Given how good the 1994 miniseries was, I am unsure why one other miniseries adaptation is warranted—maybe to introduce a brand new technology to King’s darkish apocalyptic imaginative and prescient, which is especially well timed coming in 2020. The Stand debuts on CBS All Entry on December 17, 2020.
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