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Heat Vision reports that Warner Bros. and CBS Films are developing the adaptation of the 1978 novel, which involves a struggle between good and evil in the wake of a man-made virus referred to as “Captain Trips” wipes out most of the population. The story follows two groups of survivors drawn separately the prophetic Mother Abigail and the demonic Randall Flagg.
The Stand was mired in development hell throughout the 1980s, with George Romero and Warner Bros. each attempting a movie version. Ultimately, the novel was adapted by King himself for a six-hour miniseries that aired on ABC in 1994. Marvel also began adapting the novel as a series of comic-book miniseries in 2008.
According to Heat Vision, the studios and producers Mosaic and Roy Lee will begin meeting with writers and directors in the coming weeks to settle on the right approach and to determine whether The Stand will be one movie or multiple parts. King is expected to be involved in some capacity.