The Stand is a post-apocalyptic novel by Stephen King. In this novel, a virus wipes out almost all of humanity, which is (thankfully) far from what we are dealing with at the moment.
King took to Twitter last Sunday to affirm that the coronavirus pandemic is NOT like The Stand. He states, “No, the coronavirus is NOT like THE STAND. It’s not anywhere near as serious. It’s eminently survivable. Keep calm and take all reasonable precautions.” From that tweet, you can tell that King has had ENOUGH.
No, coronavirus is NOT like THE STAND. It’s not anywhere near as serious. It’s eminently survivable. Keep calm and take all reasonable precautions.
In The Stand, the fictional virus is a strain of the flu that is weaponized for warfare. While coronavirus has killed over 8,000 people globally and has spread across 100+ countries, it still does not amount to this rapid and deadly fictional virus.
On a serious note, coronavirus is similar to the flu. If you are experiencing any symptoms, it is best to get a medical diagnosis before assuming the worst. Specialists believe that mortality rates will decrease over time as more cases are diagnosed. For loved ones with pre-existing medical conditions and those who are at higher risk, such as smokers and the elderly, it is best to take precaution. Practice social distancing, avoid touching your face, and most importantly, WASH YOUR HANDS!
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Get hype, Stephen King fans! The Stand, an upcoming adaptation of Stephen King’s bestselling novel, has added more cast members to the epic post-apocalyptic series. Exclusive to CBS All Access, it was announced via Deadline that Whoopi Goldberg, Jovan Adepo, Owen Teague, Brad William Henke, and Daniel Junjata. And most exciting of all, Alexander Skarsgard will play Randall Flagg.
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Written by Josh Boone and Ben Cavell, the book tells of a plague ravaging mankind and leaving behind the remnants of humanity. A long novel, the epic details the struggle for the survival of humanity between the frail but wise Mother Abigail and the evil, satanic Randall Flagg. The book has dozens of character viewpoints but it all comes down to a confrontation between the two opposing forces, with Mother Abigail receiving messages from God to aid her followers.
Whoopi Goldberg has been announced to play Mother Abigail. Adepo will play Larry Underwood, a young musician with a taste for fame and Henke will play Tom Cullen, a mentally challenged man with a sweet soul.
The series will be produced by CBS Television Studios. Josh Boone and Ben Cavell will write and executive produce, with Boone also directing. Roy Lee, Jimmy Miller and Richard P. Rubinstein will also serve as executive producers with Will Weiske serving as co-executive producer. Knate Lee, Jill Killington and Owen King will serve as producers.
Most exciting of all, Stephen King will write the last chapter of the series, providing a new coda that isn’t found in the book!
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This is an exciting development, showcasing a star studded cast to portray the many, multi-dimensional characters. We’re excited to see them brought to life, especially Randall Flagg, thought of as King’s ‘ubervillain’. The series will also have a hand from Stephen King himself, who will write the final episode of the series and provide a ‘coda’ that wasn’t there in the original novel.
We can’t wait to see King’s masterpiece coming to the small screen!
On November 8th we’re all going to see Doctor Sleep. Oh, wait, you’re not? Why? Because you don’t know the story? Well, let me fill you in…
Ewan McGregor, also known as young Obi-Wan Kenobi, will star as Danny in the film adaptation for Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep, a story which follows an adult Danny Torence, the child from The Shining, as he struggles to shed his father’s legacy of despair, alcoholism, and violence.
He goes to New Hampshire where he establishes a nursing home where he can use his shining power for good, comforting the dying before they go. Aided by a prescient cat, he becomes “Doctor Sleep.”
Then Dan meets the evanescent Abra Stone, and it is her spectacular gift, the brightest shining ever seen, that reignites Dan’s own demons and summons him to a battle for Abra’s soul and survival.
In preparation for this movie, we’re going to go through eight Stephen King Books we gotta re-read or just read for the first time (no shame here!) before this movie hits a silver screen near you!
Yep, you knew this would be on this list. Even if you haven’t read It, you’ve heard of It. Loser’s Club, killer clown, weird orgy scene, a giant cosmic turtle, it’s all there. This gem has heart, has scares, has everything Steven King. The book is as big as a stone but it won’t weigh you down.
Juggling themes of adulthood, childhood, and trauma, this story has stuck with us throughout the ages for a reason.
Instead of a scary clown, we meet the the Cujo, the good-natured St. Bernard. Good dog! But he gets bit by a rabid bat. Then when Donna’s car breaks down, she and her young son Tad are trapped while a crazed Cujo tries to kill them. Bad dog!
In his book, On Writing, King notes that due to his alcoholism and cocaine addiction he can barely remember writing this book, and that might be for the best. It’s not bad or anything, far from it, in fact it’s so real, so visceral, so in-your-face-horrifying that it might have even scared Stephen King himself away from writing.
What can I say except thank God there’s only one evil animal in this story.
Louis Creed and his wife, Rachel, along with their two younger children move to Maine. Bad move, because in a Stephen King novel Maine is a terrible place. Their cat, Church, dies, so they bury it out in the woods.
Are you sad yet?
Well, things get worse when the cat comes back to life. Turns out that the woods are an ancient burial ground and anything buried there comes back to life with an intent to kill.
With two film adaptations, you’ll have to check out this book, “Darling.”
A post-apocalyptic horror/fantasy, The Standis Stephen King’s fourth novel (can you believe it?).
After a patient escapes from a biological testing facility, he unknowingly unleashes upon the world a mutated strain of super-flu that starts to wipe out 99% of the world’s population.
With the fate of humanity at stake, Mother Abigail—a benevolent one-hundred-eight-year-old woman who urges them to build a peaceful community—and Randall Flagg—the nefarious “Dark Man” who delights in chaos and violence—rise up to lead humanity, and force the survivors to choose between them.
Let’s go back to 1974. Here we get the first novel published by Stephen King, Carrie.
Carrie is relentlessly bullied by her peers and tormented by her overly-religious mother who, after reaching puberty, discovers she has telekinetic powers.
A bloodbath, this novel is one of the most frequently on the banned books. Multiple adaptations have been made, from the stage to the silver screen, but the book proves to be the most terrifying. It’s a good thing that Tabitha King fished the first draft of the first chapter out of the garbage and convinced her husband to keep writing, otherwise Stephen King wouldn’t be the King of horror we know today.
Writer Paul Sheldon is injured in a car accident but is saved by nurse Annie Wilkes. However, Annie is a super-fan of Paul’s writing and is keeping him prisoner, refusing to let him go until he finishes another book in her favorite series.
The title comes from the feeling it evoked not only in Paul Sheldon, but within King himself.
The novel got a film adaptation in 1990, staring James Caan and Kathy Bates in a performance that won Bates an Oscar. Funny enough, the director of the film, Rob Reiner, only took the film on because he wanted to include the infamous ‘axe’ scene but, when it came time to shooting, decided to change the scene into an ‘ankle-breaking’ one instead.
You won’t be miserable when reading this novel, but it might just get under your skin and tear it right off.
The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.
Stephen King started the Dark Tower series with that line and, for the longest time, it seemed like he wouldn’t finish the series. Years went by, and then he was almost killed, run over by a drunk-driver while he was on the side street during his routine morning walk.
He survived, and afterwards flew through the rest of the series just to get to this ending. And trust me, you all, it’s Stephen King at his Stephen-King-est. If you want crazy insanity to the ninth degree, then this is the book for you.
Of course this would be number one, but let’s refresh your memory.
Jack Torrance has a new job at the Overlook Hotel. This is the perfect chance for a fresh start. He’ll have plenty of time reconnecting with his family and his writing his magnum opus. But as the harsh winter winds blow and snow falls, Jack Torrance falls back into his old vices as his young son, Danny Torrance, feels malicious spirits gather around him, attracted to his unique gift called ‘the shining.’
The dark prince of industrial metal has announced he will be acting in the upcoming mini-series based on Stephen King’s post-apocalyptic novel The Stand.
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Marilyn Manson will be been busy on tour this summer, but not busy enough to neglecr his acting career. While interviewing with music and culture magazine Revolver, he not only discussed the “Twins Of Evil” tour, but also revealed his part in the adapted mini-series.
[Country rocker Shooter Jennings] and I also did a cover of “The End” by the Doors, for a new miniseries of The Stand by Stephen King, which I’m also going to be acting in. I think that sort of kick-started our process for the album, and started us exploring different things.
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The article continues focusing on the tour and Manson’s music and experience. Sadly, Manson’s role is unknown, though it won’t be the first time the singer, songwriter, and producer, has acted before.
Marilyn Manson has had roles in a number of television series such as Eastbound & Down, Once Upon A Time, and more recently Sons Of Anarchy. Manson has also done a great deal of work on the soundtracks for television as well as films – e.g., Luther, Preacher,The Matrix, and John Wick. For The Stand, it looks as though Manson will be combining his acting with helping to make the soundtrack.
You know him, you love him, it’s Matthew McConaughey. He made his infamous return to the silver screen during what is now known as the ‘McConaissance’, but there is a blip on his radar: the little known film The Dark Tower.
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I say little known film because, according to the Box Office Mojo, barely anyone saw this movie. Off a $60 million dollar budget, it made $113,231,078. Not a loss, not enough for the Studio to make a sequel. And those who did see the film, let’s say there’s a reason that on Rotten Tomatoesthere’s a 16% with an average rating of 4.08 out of 10.
Many would think that Matthew McConaughey would stay as far away from Stephen King adaptations, but that hasn’t stopped people thinking he should be in The Stand, according to Gizmodo. Not in a small role, but as the villain, which is interesting considering he played the villain in The Dark Tower.
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Well, as The Dark Tower gets a remake/we’re-going-to-stay-closer-to-the-source-material-this-time as apart of the ongoing saga of the King Remake Resurgence, the King Remake Resurgence might dig its claws into McConcaughey and bring him into the remake/let’s-try-again of The Stand.
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The Stand is about how after a patient escape from a biological testing facility, he unknowingly brought upon the world a mutated strain of super-flu that starts to wipe out 99% of the world’s population.
With the fate of humanity at stake Mother Abigail—a benevolent 108-year-old woman who urges them to build a peaceful community—and Randall Flagg—the nefarious ‘Dark Man’ who delights in chaos and violence—rise up to lead humanity, forcing the survivors to choose between them.
Now the TV miniseries is strange, to say the least, but Deadlinehas reported that CBS Studios/CBS All Access has ordered a limited series adaptation of the gigantically long horror novel (1,152 PAGES!) and that James Marsden is “circling the role of Stu Redman”.
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Now, not even a day latter, we’re getting more casting news. Will Matthew McConcaughey make a good Randall Flagg? Well, he wasn’t terrible in The Dark Tower, he was actually pretty great in an over-the-top sort of way, but we’ll see.
Luckily, Matthew McConcaughey isn’t the only one in talks. In a Gizmodo article found here, there are even more people in talks! Let’s go through them all…
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Whoopi Goldberg—Celie in The Color Purple, Oda Mae Brown in Ghost, and Shenzi the hyena in in The Lion King—is in talks to play Mother Abagail, spiritual leader of the good survivors.
Henry Zaga—Brad in 13 Reasons Why and is set to appear as play Jake in Looking for Alaska and Roberto de Costa in The New Mutants—is “set to play Nick Andros” who in the novel is a young drifter.
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Last, but never least, is Amber Heard, who recently stared as Mera in Aquaman. Reportedly, she “is on track to play Nadine Cross, a private school teacher who ends up embroiled with the (possible Antichrist) Randall Flagg”.
That’ll be interesting! In fact, all these actors would be interesting. Will they make it to the small screen? Who would you most like to see play these characters?