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Marilyn Manson Cast in Stephen King’s ‘The Stand’

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 & DownOnce 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.

 

 

 

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The King Remake Resurgence: McConaughey Coming Back to King?

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.

 

Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba in '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 Tomatoes there’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.

 

Cover 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.

 

 

The Stand went on to get a nomination for the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel in 1979. Come 2003, the novel was listed at number fifty-three on the BBC’s The Big Read poll. It was made in a 1994 TV miniseries.

Now the TV miniseries  is strange, to say the least, but Deadline has 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.

 

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Greg Kinnear—Maj. Bruce “Snake” Crandall in We Were Soldiers, Richard Hoover in Little Miss Sunshine, Todd Burpo in Heaven is for Real—is in talks to play Glen Bateman, a professor who joins up with Stu on his journey.

 

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Odessa Young—Hedvig Finch in The Daughter, Grace in Looking for Grace, and Lily in Assassination Nation—is “in advanced negotiations to play Frannie Goldsmith, a pregnant woman who falls in love with Stu”.

 

Henry Zaga

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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?

 

 

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The King Remake Resurgence: James Marsden Joins ‘The Stand’

James Marsden, the first actor to depict a live-action X-Men’s Cyclops, is in negotiations to take the staring role in the upcoming adaptation of Stephen King’s The Stand.

 

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A post-apocalyptic horror/fantasy, The Stand is Stephen King’s fourth novel (can you believe it?)

The story 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.

The Stand went on to get a nomination for the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel in 1979. Come 2003, the novel was listed at number fifty-three on the BBC’s The Big Read poll.

 

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Within that time, a miniseries was released in 1994. Directed by Mick Garris, the miniseries stared, among others, Gary Sinise and Molly Ringwald with Jamey Sheridan as Randall Flagg and Ruby Dee as Mother Abagail Freemantle.

In a review for the series, The New York Times wrote, “A great deal of time and money has gone into this production, and it’s right up there on the screen” but also noted that “[t]he nagging problem at the heart of “The Stand” is that once the story settles early on into its schematic oppositions of good versus evil…monotony begins to seep through the superstructure…”

 

 

Nevertheless, the miniseries was nominated for numerous Emmys, including Outstanding Miniseries, and took home the “Outstanding Makeup For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Special”, “Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Miniseries or a Movie”, “Outstanding Art Direction For A Miniseries, Or Movie”, and “Outstanding Cinematography For A Miniseries Or Movie” awards.

However, ever since It became a breakout hit, Stephen King has been having a remake resurgence. It might be time for The Stand, because upon reevaluation the miniseries doesn’t stand out with the AV Club noting that the miniseries is “constrained, diminished by its dreary pace, by simplistic characters and motivations, and by its cramped, narrow sense of time”.

 

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Deadline has 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”.

 

Stu Redman

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Stu Redman was previously played by Gary Sinise in the 1994 miniseries.

In the novel, Redman actually found patient zero in the original quarantine zone and, given he never got sick, was discovered to be immune to the virus. Thus, everyone now wants to get his blood to find a vaccine.

 

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Behind the scenes are executive producers Josh Boone, Ben Cavell, Jimmy Miller—whose works includes Get Smart, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, and Elfand Roy Lee—whose works includes It (2017), The LEGO Batman Movie, and Godzilla; King of the Monsters.

 

 

Ben Cavell—the writer behind Justified, Homeland, and Sneaky Pete—and Josh Boone have written the script with Boone—director of The Fault in Our Stars and writer of a certain X-Man property which might or might not never get a theatrical released—set to direct all nine episodes.

Given that pedigree, this adaptation seems to be in good hands. That’s great for James Marsden because while he hasn’t been doing bad (watchers of Netflix’s Dead to Me and HBO’s Westworld would disagree) he might need an extra boost in 2020 when Sonic The Hedgehog comes out.

 

 

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Stephen King Teases New TV Adaptation of ‘The Stand’

It’s been twenty-five years since the last TV adaptation of The Stand was released. A ten-hour version is now in the works, which will be developed by director Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars) and distributed on CBS All Access according to EW.

Stephen King’s epic novel takes place in a world that has been stripped of its institutions, and 99-percent of its population has perished as a result of a super-flu breakout. Survivors choose between sides of order and chaos. A frail, 108-year-old Mother Abagail tries to uphold the peace. Randall Flagg, the “dark man,” embodies all the negativity that exists in their bleak new world.

 

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King expressed his excitement regarding the newest adaptation, which is expected to be more developed than its predecessor, and is excited for the chance to work with Boone again.

 

I like him a lot. I like his reach, his ambition for it. But, really, the thing I’m mostly excited about is, first of all, we’ve got two more hours to tell the story and, second, we’re free of all those things that held us back with The Stand — that is to say, not only is the budget bigger, even if you equalize the two eras, we’re [more free] in terms of language and in terms of violence in a way that we weren’t with the original Stand.

 

King is also having a good time with The Stand becoming something of a family project, given his son’s involvement with scripting duties.

 

“My… son Owen has written some of the scripts and they’re terrific, so it’s good.”

 

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