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I rarely raise my hand whenever the Stephen King fandom is mentioned, but I’ve read many of his terrifying books. The unabridged version of The Stand was always my favorite of King’s books, and I read it several times in my teen years. It’s actually a pretty easy read, and I have strong feelings about it and about the story and characters and any and all adaptations. My generation got a network miniseries (which was a hit in its time) based on the novel which had some good parts. I remember thinking Rob Lowe was miscast, but honestly, Molly Ringwald was great in it, as was Laura San Giacomo.
Why am I bringing this up? Because CBS made a new miniseries, which will apparently premiere on their streaming service. The cast looks pretty good, and this week, Vanity Fair released exclusive photos from the new series (you can see the Instagram slideshow above). Alexander Skarsgard as Randall Flagg, Whoopi Goldberg as Mother Abagail, James Marsden as Stu Redman, Amber Hard as Nadine Cross, just to name a few. As I was reading VF’s coverage – which is largely a summary of the book, plus cast interviews – I was struck with one little stupid detail which is going to kill my boner for this series. Behold:
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 [showrunner Taylor] Elmore, noting that an aspect of Stephen 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 miniseries will shuffle the chronology of King’s book, meaning it won’t play out the same linear way as the earlier Gary Sinise, Molly Ringwald, Jamey Sheridan miniseries that was a ratings hit for ABC in 1994. When the new show begins, the plague has already struck. The first episode, directed by The Fault in Our Stars filmmaker Josh Boone, opens with survivors in masks and protective gear cleaning up a neighborhood full of the dead in Boulder, Colorado. These men and women are among the last the remnants of humanity, trying to restart society again. Each of them is immune to the Captain Trips virus that wiped out everyone else they knew. They’re wearing masks and gear because removing countless decaying bodies is grim, messy work.
The showrunners said they loved Contagion—which is why they didn’t think it was necessary to repeat Contagion. “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,” Cavell said. “That’s not a luxury that our people have. What does …read more