The Stand is a project that’s been in development for years now. Spearheading it the entire way has been The New Mutants director Josh Boone. The project started out as a series of films, but after disappearing for a couple years, it wasn’t clear just where it ended up, or if we’d ever see it fully realized. However, if we’re to believe a new report from The Tracking Board, it may have just ended up in a more fitting medium.
In its piece delving into the rumors behind the troubled production of The New Mutants (a project he intends to see to the end), it is stated that he is still attached to direct the adaptation of Stephen King’s The Stand. However, instead of the previously-planned films, it is now set to be a miniseries.
This is certainly great news for fans of the book. While a movie franchise would have been interesting in its own way, a miniseries will allow a lot of the back-and-forth to play out as they did in the story, and while it may not end up with as big a budget, TV has gotten worlds better at creating engaging and well-directed content. But sadly, there is a downside to all this.
While The Stand will be a ten-house miniseries, its home is none other than CBS All Access. This means that in order to see it, you’ll need to be a digital subscriber — so those with cable or other paid digital services will need to shell out extra cash in order to see this story come to fruition. On the plus side, it’ll likely still be at least another couple years, so in the time it takes for the series to get made, the streaming platform may ultimately get more content that makes it a service worth paying for. Hopefully.
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SOURCE: The Tracking Board