Friday, February 11, 2011

Warner Bros. Remakes Stephen King’s Classic The Stand

Anyone who’s ever read the Stephen King novel The Stand will tell you it’s one of their favorite books of all time. Logging in at over 1,000 pages, the thriller starts off as a confusing assault of ailing characters and ends up as a post-apocalyptic tale of survival. For those who make it through the first 100 pages, it’s a rich and gripping ride.

Devotees were bitterly disappointed by the 1994 mini-series adaptation of King’s novel. That version starred Gary Sinise as Stu Redman, Molly Ringwald as Frannie Goldsmith and Rob Lowe as Nick Andross. None of the stars seemed to fit into the powerful roles that King had crafted in his original work. At the end of the day, the story seemed too thinned out and the production values were flat.

So it is with trepidation that fans took in the news that Warner Bros. studio is planning a big screen adaptation of the novel. After all if an eight-hour mini-series couldn’t do justice to the story, how could a two-hour film have any impact at all? And then there’s the issue of casting. The TV retelling fell so far short of the mark on that front, the studio will have to think long and hard before making the same missteps.

One thing seems certain, King will not be actively involved in the new film. According to a recent interview in Entertainment Weekly, the author was never contacted about the movie. He told the magazine, “"I didn't know anything about the remake until I read about it on the Internet.”

The film is being produced by Roy Lee. As of now, no director is attached.

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