The Stand (2013)

Mr Movie Preview February 3, 2011 12

The Stand is a famous Stephen King novel that has been made into a TV series, but will now be made into a major motion picture in 2013. This future movie looks to take the darker approach that King took in the novel.

The Stand

The plot is rather awesome, and follows the Stephen King novel. It deals with a post-apocalyptic world. The interesting thing is, the book is divided into three parts, so right away we have to wonder why the movie isn’t going to do the same? There is almost too much information to squeeze into one movie.

Anyways, the plot is based around the decaying world after the release of biological weapons, including the Flu. Society is being torn apart by violence, martial law fails.. and a few survivors manage to come together to survive the new world.

You can probably already tell how many writers have copied King’s original story, as The Stand is essentially the plot for many successful ‘last man standing’ movies the last thirty years.

I’m summarizing here, but you get the general idea for the plot of The Stand.

The Stand Release Date

Looks like a summer 2013 release date.

Who’s In It?

Casting has just started

What’s Good About It?

A great story, by one of the greatest literary minds to ever have existed.

What’s Bad About It?

The Stand should be three movies, not one.

Our Clever Prediction

Steven King novels have a mixed rate of success when translated to the big screen, but we have to believe The Stand will be awesome, like the novel.

12 Comments »

  1. Chris July 14, 2011 at 9:33 am -

    Hope King can get behind this one and help form it. Push for at least 3 movies each with 3 hrs. The TV series did a good job but with a Hollywood vision, R rating and a good casting effort and it could be an epic movie series. Wish I could put my love of this book into the project.

  2. anon June 27, 2011 at 7:57 pm -

    I am thrilled to see a decent budget and proper rating for this epic tale but am certainly disturbed that the producers will take the low road and try to squeeze it into one film.

    This story deserves every bit the budget that was afforded to Peter Jackson for his LOTR adaptation and if the suits behind this film have any sense they will see the obvious return that could be made if it is done correctly.

    Unfortunately they will most likely opt to take the safer bet and in the end make far less than they could have if they had just gone for it. Its a shame the kind of crap that gets million dollar budgets these days, then when a truly amazing story comes along then the producers decide to ‘play it safe’.

  3. Gail Lawson May 30, 2011 at 9:50 am -

    The Stand is a Great American Novel right up there with Heart of Darkness and An American Tragedy. No one can tell a story like Stephen King. The 1994 TV version was a little different from the book, but truly did justice to the book. Ray Walston’s jail soliloquy is unforgettable and Gary Sinese was perfect to play Stu Redmond. Too bad we have to wait until 2013 for Part One. That gives us plenty of time to re-read the book!

  4. John February 18, 2011 at 8:26 am -

    To take one of King’s books and think you can improve upon it by changing it and making it “darker” is absurd.

    King’s books are full of imagery, and they simply do not translate well into movies (“Stand by Me” (“The Body”) and “Shawshank Redemption” (“Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption”) are novellas and could be translated because in the universe of King’s works, they were somewhat short. The same could be said with _Carrie_,(the original movie not the sad remake).

    I do agree that _The Stand_ would make a better three part movie (or even a mini series on a movie network that isn’t under the same restrictions ABC was when they made their mini series).

    Anyway, I hope that this isn’t going to be a huge mistake…the book was outstanding.

  5. Ella February 5, 2011 at 12:01 am -

    Can’t wait