Last week, I wrote about CBS All Access’ miniseries adaptation of Stephen King’s post-apocalyptic fantasy novel The Stand, and how there has never been a show released at a time that would benefit the public more. This week, I thought it would be appropriate to share with you a more in-depth look into the show’s star-studded cast.
While some of the characters look quite dissimilar from their novel counterparts, such as Larry Underwood, who seems to have lost his greaser hairstyle and overall Elvis Presley appearance, or Harold Lauder, who has dropped quite a bit of weight, others bare a striking resemblance. One such character is Randall Flagg, who appears to still be wearing his signature denim jacket, pegged jeans, and smiley face button (although his other button disappointingly appears to be missing, which depicted a cartoon pig wearing a police cap and the question “How’s your pork?” in dripped red text, though the producers probably omitted that one for the obvious reasons).
But there’s going to be many more differences between the miniseries and the novel, as the debut episode, directed by The Fault in Our Stars filmmaker Josh Boone, opens post-apocalypse, with survivors of the plague already in Boulder, Colorado, cleaning up the dead bodies left rotting in their homes. The showrunners said they loved Contagion, which is why they didn’t think it was necessary to repeat. “King does this great thing that we made the conscious decision not to do, which is to go to the 10,000-foot view of what’s going on,” show runner Benjamin Cavell said, “That’s not a luxury that our people have. What does the apocalypse look like from the ground where you can’t see what’s happening other places, you can’t see what’s happening to other people, you can only see your subjective experience?” It’s an interpretation of the plague genre that we haven’t seen in quite some time on TV.
King also wrote the final episode of the series, which will reportedly include a conclusion to the story that’s different than his novel. Boone will also direct the series for CBS Television Studios. Boone, Roy Lee, Jimmy Miller, Richard P. Rubinstein, and Cavell will executive produce, and Will Weiske and Miri Yoon will co-executive produce with Owen King serving as producer. So far, no clear release date has been disclosed, but it is said to come out some time later this year.