CBS is making Stephen King’s ‘The Stand’ into a limited series

Stephen King attends the 2018 PEN Literary Gala.
Maine author Stephen King –Evan Agostini / Invision / AP, file

CBS announced Wednesday that it will adapt Stephen King’s 1978 novel “The Stand’’ into a 10-episode series for CBS All Access, directed by Josh Boone.

“I’m excited and so very pleased that ‘The Stand’ is going to have a new life on this exciting new platform,’’ King said in a statement. “The people involved are men and women who know exactly what they’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.’’

Set in a world decimated by plague, “The Stand’’ follows 108-year-old spiritual leader Mother Abigail and a band of survivors as they struggle to rebuild a democracy. Randall Flagg, a supernatural being turned tyrant, threatens their peace with militarized forces.


For Boone, who directed the 2014 film “The Fault in Our Stars,’’ the book is more than a chilling tale of societal collapse. It’s a story that sparked rebellion and lifelong admiration for King’s work.

“I read ‘The Stand’ under my bed when I was 12, and my Baptist parents burned it in our fireplace upon discovery,’’ Boone said in a release.

“Incensed, I stole my dad’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 King’s kindness and generosity, lifted the ban on his books that very day,’’ Boone continued. “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.’’

In a Twitter post about the series, King called out Boone by name.

The network has yet to announce a release date or casting. The novel was previously adapted in 1994, when ABC produced a four-episode miniseries with performances from Gary Sinise, Molly Ringwald, Jamey Sheridan, Laura San Giacomo and Rob Lowe.