Clocking in at over 1,100 pages, the unabridged edition of Stephen King's The Stand is massive. It's fitting, then, that an in-the-works eight-part miniseries could lead up to Josh Boone's upcoming three-hour film adaptation of King's epic work.

TheWrap reports that Warner Bros. and CBS Films are negotiating with Showtime in an effort to move forward with an eight-part miniseries adaptation of King's The Stand. Should it become a reality, the miniseries would lead up to filmmaker Boone's planned three-hour, R-rated feature film adaptation for Warner Bros.

As well as writing and directing the big screen version of The Stand, Boone—a die-hard King fan (see the IT discussions and King's awesome phone call cameo in Boone's Stuck In Love)—is also set to pen and helm the miniseries, which is anticipated to begin filming in early 2016.

With 11+ potential hours of onscreen adaptation time, Boone could properly dig into King's fascinating post-apocalyptic world and the wide range of characters that were lucky enough to survive Captain Trips. Here's hoping Glen Bateman, Kojak, Judge Farris, Dayna Jurgens, and the Trashcan Man get plenty of screen time, in addition to other core characters.

It's anticipated that King, along with producers Roy Lee and Jimmy Miller, will be involved to some extent on the miniseries.

Though no official casting announcements have been made, it was revealed last year that Nat Wolff (Paper Towns, The Fault in Our Stars, Stuck In Love), a constant collaborator of Boone's, will be in The Stand, with Boone writing a part specifically with the actor in mind.

The Stand was previously adapted for the small screen as a four-part ABC miniseries that aired in 1994. Mick Garris directed the miniseries, which featured a cast including Gary Sinise, Molly Ringwald, Rob Lowe, Jamey Sheridan, and Corin Nemec.

In addition to The Stand, Boone is also set to make an adaptation of Lisey's Story, another King novel.

We’ll keep Daily Dead readers updated on further details regarding this much-anticipated adaptation of one of King’s most celebrated novels. For those that haven’t read the book or watched the miniseries, here is a brief synopsis:

The Stand is a story of good vs. evil after a virus wipes out most of the American population. While it features dozens of characters (such as the Trashcan Man and Mother Abigail) and overlapping story lines running over many years, the struggle boils down to a group of survivors fighting the Antichrist-like Randall Flagg.

Source: TheWrap
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