No official plot, but the book told the post-apocalyptic story of a world wiped out by a man-made plague and a war between good versus evil ensues with the remaining human population.
- Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart) was in talks to direct and write, but both Cooper and the studio couldn't agree on a way to properly adapt the material. (11/21/13)
- Ben Affleck was going to direct, but had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts with his new role as Batman in the upcoming Man of Steel sequel.
- David Kajganich (The Invasion, Blood Creek, It remake) will script.
- Director David Yates and writer Steve Kloves (duo behind the last four Harry Potter films) were previously going to take on the project, but backed away. Yates explains why in a recent interview: "What I love about King’s work and what I love about The Stand is the fact that Stephen King really puts you into these people’s lives, and you see the world from a very intimate human level, which normally is something I love. But we felt this pressure to make these super tentpole movies with this material, and the things that you get in Potter — which are these extraordinary episodes of action — they didn’t exist in the material, and I was worried I wouldn’t be able to deliver the kind of movie that ultimately the studio was hoping to get from this material. I could see making a miniseries from it, a really interesting, intricate, layered, enjoyable long-burn of a miniseries, I could see that, but what was missing for me were the big movie moments in the material, the big set pieces."
- The studios and producers will sit down with writers and directors in the coming weeks in an attempt to find the right take on the material. (2/01/11)
- This project would be a change for director Ben Affleck, whose last two films were gritty crime dramas (Gone Baby Gone, The Town).
- Apparently Warner Bros. beat out Fox and Sony in a tight bidding war to be involved with this project.
- Stephen King is said will be involved in some capacity.
- It's currently undetermined whether this adaptation will span one or multiple movies.
- A tone-downed adaptation of the book aired as a six-hour miniseries by ABC in 1994.
- George Romero and Warner Bros. reportedly tried to launch a movie adaptation in the 1980s, but failed.
- The original novel was published in 1978, but was re-released in 1990 with revised portions of the story added by King.
- Based on the novel by Stephen King.
A UHM staff member has not reviewed this film.