Stephen King‘s The Stand has a premiere date. The nine-episode limited series will air on CBS All-Access later this year. This is the second adaption of King’s novel. The first aired in 1994. According to THR, this retelling includes a new coda written by King himself.
The Stand has an all-star cast led by Whoopi Goldberg and Alexander Skarsgård. The series is about the aftermath of a global plague that kills most of humanity. Those who remain are called to Nebraska or Las Vegas, depending on if they’re good or bad.
Funny how this all came together during a real global pandemic. Showrunner Benjamin Cavell is aware of the timing and says it’s pretty eerie. “During the two years we spent making The Stand, we all felt the responsibility of adapting what may be the most beloved work of one of the world’s most beloved storytellers, but none of us could have imagined that Stephen King’s 40-year-old masterpiece about a global pandemic would come to be so eerily relevant.”
Full episodes of the series were ordered in January 2019, long before the coronavirus hit the world.The Stand is a great story and is long overdue for a retelling. Cavell added: “We’re honored to tell this sprawling, epic story, including a new coda that Stephen King has wanted to add for decades. We’re so proud of this show and its attempt to find meaning and hope in the most uncertain of times. We can’t wait to share it with the world.”
The Stand also stars James Marsden, Odessa Young, Jovan Adepo, Amber Heard, Owen Teague, Henry Zaga, Brad William Henke, Irene Bedard, Nat Wolff, Eion Bailey, Heather Graham, Katherine McNamara, Fiona Dourif, Natalie Martinez, Hamish Linklater, Daniel Sunjata and Greg Kinnear.
The Stand premieres on CBS All-Access on December 17, 2020.
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