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Thu May 21, 2020, 08:31 AM

Exclusive: Stephen King's The Stand Comes to Life Again

The timing is freaky.

June 2020
Exclusive: Stephen King’s The Stand Comes to Life Again
A new version of the legendary plague novel—starring Alexander Skarsgård, Whoopi Goldberg, James Marsden, and legions more—was in production just as COVID-19 hit. A preview of our worst nightmares.
By Anthony Breznican
May 20, 2020

FORCE FOR GOOD
Whoopi Goldberg as Mother Abagail, the 108-year-old whose followers hold fast to their humanity.By James Minchin/CBS.


Stephen King didn’t call his novel The Virus. He didn’t call it The Disease or The End of the World As We Know It or anything that nihilistic. He wanted his 1978 book about a global pandemic that takes all but a fraction of human life with it to be called The Stand. When there are no rules, his thinking went, survivors have to make a choice: Do you go full Darwin and indulge dark, selfish instincts or do what’s right for the sake of others? “I wanted to write about bravery,” says King. “At some point, people do have to make a stand.”

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It’s important to note that the virus in The Stand is not an organic virus that leapt to humans from another species. “It’s a literally weaponized human-made device,” says Elmore, noting that an aspect of King’s story was the way humans too often engineer their own self destruction. And there will be no reference to the actual coronavirus. “This is an alternate version of how things could have gone.”

The disease in The Stand is also catastrophically worse than anything we’ve seen in real life, killing more than 99 percent of the population. King tried to quell some fear by tweeting this fact in the early days of the pandemic, but even he now acknowledges the unsettling similarities that have turned up in real life. “When you hear reports that 100,000 or 240,000 people are going to die, you’ve got to take notice, and it is going to be bad. It’s bad right now,” says King, who wrote a new ending to the story that serves as the miniseries’ final episode. “It’s brought the economy to a complete stop. In a lot of ways, I mean, you see the pictures of Times Square or London, and you say, ‘It really is like The Stand.’”

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babylonsister May 21 OP
stonecutter357 May 21 #1
2naSalit May 21 #2
lark May 21 #3
AllyCat May 21 #7
lark May 21 #8
Raster May 21 #11
lark May 21 #12
Raster May 21 #14
lark May 21 #21
Raster May 21 #22
The Blue Flower May 21 #4
padah513 May 21 #5
Wounded Bear May 21 #6
Buckeye_Democrat May 21 #9
Raster May 21 #10
roamer65 May 21 #18
gademocrat7 May 21 #13
Proud Liberal Dem May 21 #15
uponit7771 May 21 #16
babylonsister May 21 #24
Tommy_Carcetti May 21 #17
bluescribbler May 21 #19
BlancheSplanchnik May 21 #20
babylonsister May 21 #25
BlancheSplanchnik May 22 #26
I_UndergroundPanther May 21 #23

Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu May 21, 2020, 08:34 AM

1. K&R

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Thu May 21, 2020, 08:40 AM

2. K&R

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu May 21, 2020, 09:11 AM

3. Can't wait to see it, this is one of my fave Stephen King stories.

Whoppi will be perfect in her role. M O O N spells happy in this instance.

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Response to lark (Reply #3)

Thu May 21, 2020, 09:50 AM

7. First of his books I ever read and it remains my favorite

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Response to AllyCat (Reply #7)

Thu May 21, 2020, 09:58 AM

8. I have been reading King since 1975.

"Salem's Lot" was my first Stephen King book, given to me by my sister, and I loved it. I've been reading him ever since and have read most of his books. The Stand and The Shining are my 2 all time favorites, although I have loved many. I'd gotten behind, so for my birthday hubby got me 3 of his books, including the new one that I'd never ever heard of - "If it Bleeds". It's got a weird looking cat on the front so I'm saving the best for last.

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Response to lark (Reply #8)

Thu May 21, 2020, 10:15 AM

11. I also have been reading King since 1975, and my first was "Salem's Lot"...

... my parents and siblings had just left early morning for a trip. My sister gave me the book just before she left, and said she could not finish it because of her nightmares. I had a night job and came home around midnight and picked up the book. I read through the night until the sun came up, with every light on in the house, and the doors locked and re-locked. "Salem's Lot" scared the living shit out of me.

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Response to Raster (Reply #11)

Thu May 21, 2020, 10:21 AM

12. It scared me too, but not as much as Pet Cemetery & the Shining.

When I was reading the Shining, my husband was the closer for his store and didn't get home until 11 or later. We lived in a house that was surrounded by huge overgrown shrubs, they grew up against almost all the windows. So reading this book about killer shrubs, I'd hear our shrubs rubbing against the house and it really freaked me out. I had to quit reading this at night when I was by myself because it scared me so much. I also had all the shrubs trimmed way back so they didn't scratch the windows anymore. I slept much better after that.

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Response to lark (Reply #12)

Thu May 21, 2020, 10:26 AM

14. King has said that some of his books are the literary equivalent of McDonalds...

... He has a knack, that has served him quite well, of being able to relate horrific, monstrous concepts and creatures to the average, American Jane or Joe, so they completely identify and become immersed in his dark world.

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Response to Raster (Reply #14)

Thu May 21, 2020, 12:49 PM

21. His character development is what keeps me coming back.

He's great at making his characters interesting and developing that as the plot goes along so you like and empathize with them, even when they are flawed. Yes, I love the dark twists, the surprises, and that is definitely a big part of his allure, but the character development is what makes his books so interesting to me.

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Response to lark (Reply #21)

Thu May 21, 2020, 12:54 PM

22. I concur wholeheartedly!

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu May 21, 2020, 09:15 AM

4. A great novel

Unforgettable and so prescient.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu May 21, 2020, 09:28 AM

5. This should be interesting

Can't wait to see who plays Harold

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu May 21, 2020, 09:46 AM

6. A re-write of the ending kind of concerns me, but should be interesting...

the first one was pretty well done, IMO. Not surprising since King wrote the screenplay.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu May 21, 2020, 10:00 AM

9. M-o-o-n... that spells Trump. nt

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu May 21, 2020, 10:10 AM

10. Captain Trumps!

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Response to Raster (Reply #10)

Thu May 21, 2020, 11:20 AM

18. THIS.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu May 21, 2020, 10:23 AM

13. K&R

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu May 21, 2020, 10:43 AM

15. I loved the 1994 miniseries

but I love The Stand and am interested to see how this version works.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu May 21, 2020, 10:53 AM

16. When its going to premier? I don't want to read the article too many reveals

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Response to uponit7771 (Reply #16)

Thu May 21, 2020, 08:24 PM

24. Undetermined so far per article; later this year. nt

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu May 21, 2020, 11:18 AM

17. This sounds really good.

I might have to break down and subscribe to CBS's streaming service just to watch it. Wish it was on HBO or something instead.

Stephen King is a really smart guy. Heard him a few weeks ago on NPR. Very impressed.

The movie adaptation of his horror-based stories are hit and miss. (Arguably the best ever is The Shining, even though King himself did not like it.)

But I recently saw The Outsider on HBO and enjoyed it so I have high hopes it can be done well.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu May 21, 2020, 11:25 AM

19. Stephen King's masterpiece

One of my favorite books. Looking forward to this.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu May 21, 2020, 11:29 AM

20. Where can we watch this?

I mean, obviously we won’t be going to the theater. Will it be on Netflix or something? Anyone know?

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Response to BlancheSplanchnik (Reply #20)

Thu May 21, 2020, 08:25 PM

25. It's going to be on CBS All Access

later this year, date not determined, per article.

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Response to babylonsister (Reply #25)

Fri May 22, 2020, 09:23 AM

26. Ahhhh... Thanks, babylonsister!

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu May 21, 2020, 08:20 PM

23. Wow now I wanna re read the stand

I know I lack cable or net
Prolly won't see the new stand until it's 8 years old.
Sigh.

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