Wednesday, February 02, 2011

The Stand: The Movie?

Because of the unparalleled success that Stephen King-based material has had theatrically, someone in their infinite wisdom thought it would be a good idea to make a movie out of the 1000 page epic The Stand.

Given how many characters are in that book, they would have to do a lot of paring to get it down to a feature film length, and in my opinion, it would likely look rushed compared with the 1994 ABC miniseries which was able to explore the material with a little more depth.

And I know that King was looking to adapt the story to movie form in the 1980's before the miniseries was made, but the problem then and now is he had trouble condensing that massive tome down into a feature length script.

I really wonder how warped The Stand would become trying to fit it into such a small amount of time. I mean, I've even read suggestions that it could becomes a couple of movies... which I think could make the idea a little more viable.

But I still have my doubts.


Andrew Green said...

Yeah, I was thinking that a TV miniseries would really be more appropriate for this particular book....
Don't know how they'd make it into a film of reasonable length.

Dan said...

I share your misgivings. Mini series is the way to go.

As with many Stephen King stories, I've always felt that the beginning and the middle were far superior to the end of the Stand. I'm not sure if that's controversial or not.

Ravenblack said...

I think it should be a mini-series too. How else can the many complex characters in the story fully portrayed? The characters was what made the story great imo.

Megan said...

I'm with Dan.

MC said...

Andrew: They'd probably cut a lot of characters and make it about 5-8 people.

Dan: I really enjoyed the first part of the miniseries when society was breaking down... it was indeed the most fascinating part.

Ravenblack: And they are what King is really good at developing.

Megan: Agreed.