James Marsden, Whoopi Goldberg and Alexander Skarsgård star within the new CBS All Entry restricted miniseries The Stand, primarily based on the Stephen King novel of the identical identify.

It is Stephen King’s world; we’re simply dwelling 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-about 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 depend. King has stated he needed to write down an epic darkish fantasy akin to The Lord of the Rings, solely with a up to date American setting. “As a substitute of a hobbit, my hero was a Texan named Stu Redman, and as a substitute of a Darkish 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 (‘the place the shadows lie,’ in response to Tolkien) was performed by Las Vegas.”

The novel opens with the accident launch of an particularly contagious and lethal influenza virus (dubbed the “superflu” or “Captain Journeys”), 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 include the virus, which ultimately spreads worldwide, killing over 99 % of humanity inside a month.

However some individuals show to be immune—together with the principle protagonist, Stu Redman—and these survivors should determine the best way to rebuild some semblance of a functioning society. They’re aided by mysterious shared desires. In a single, “Mom Abigail” Freemantle requires them to return to her Nebraska farm; the opposite includes terrifying visions of a “darkish man” named Randall Flagg. Every survivor should select one or the opposite.  Stu finally ends up main a gaggle 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 gained two, for make-up and sound mixing.

Round 2014, Warner Bros. and CBS Movies started creating 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 venture 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 wherein Flagg awakens on a seashore with no reminiscence of how he received there, and shortly earns the worship of the native natives.  Apparently the ultimate chapter will probably be markedly completely different from the novel, and King has written a brand new code 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 faculty scholar 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 discovered 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 Finish” for the miniseries. And Mick Garris, who directed the 1994 miniseries, will seem in a non-speaking position.

Judging by this primary trailer, we will anticipate this new adaptation of The Stand to additionally observe the novel pretty intently, a minimum of till the reworked ending.  We see Larry go away New York Metropolis and discover his option to Stu’s group in Boulder, the place he’s stunned to search out Stu has been anticipating him, because of visions from Mom Abigail. “All I do know is that we dreamed of her and she or he was actual,” Stu says. “She introduced us all collectively to maintain us secure in these unsure instances.”

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, full of 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 advised you it was unsuitable to need extra. Their time is at an finish. Our time has begun.”

Given how good the 1994 miniseries was, I am undecided why one other miniseries adaptation is warranted—maybe to introduce a brand new era 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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