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Stephen King's The Stand Finds A Director in Paul Greengrass

Posted by Fellonius Munch Thursday, December 5, 2013
It seems like that time again, doesn't it? Time for the Stephen King horror wagon to roll out and creep the bejeezus out of us like nobody else can. I don't know how he does it. Is there another writer still alive whose work has been adapted to film and television more consistently than King, or as often?

A few weeks ago I brought you the news that King's Cell was being adapted to the big screen (and starring John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson). Now I bring you the news that the novel often considered his greatest horror story ever, The Stand, has a new director on board—and this could be one of the best choices a King adaptation has had since Frank Darabont brought us The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, and The Mist.
Horror Novelist Stephen King The Stand set for Paul Greengrass movie adaptation
Ladies and gents, Fanboys and Fangirls, our new director for The Stand will be Paul Greengrass, whom you may know as the director of Captain Phillips, Green Zone, Bloody Sunday, and The Bourne Ultimatum (and Supremacy). If you can't imagine how bloody awesome this could be, then you probably haven't seen any of these films. Shame on you, because you should.
Captain Phillips and Bourne Ultimatum director Paul Greengrass making Stephen King's The Stand
"Eh? Greengrass Zone? I suppose you're funny?!!"
The Stand, if you have not read it (I recommend the full uncut version, of course) is much more than a postapocalyptic ultimate biblical good versus evil story. It charts the beginning of the end in painstaking detail, as a manufactured doomsday virus is accidentally unleashed from a secret US military base, wiping out more than 90% of the human race.

That's just the beginning. A demonic villain then arrives looking to build himself an empire in the ruins of the world. He is opposed by only a handful of shell-shocked survivors, banded together by the elderly Mother Abigail to take a final stand against his evil plans.
Manufactured doomsday superflu virus wipes out America in Stephen King's The Stand
Two words sum up The Stand: 1.) Grim and 2.) Epic!

The novel was originally adapted into a miniseries in 1994; that version remains a classic of television rarely surpassed in scale, effectiveness, and cast to this day.
Stephen King's The Stand Marvel comic book Captain Trips volume
"Listen man, if you want to interview Miley Cyrus, you'll have to take your shots!"
More recently, it got a lush comic adaptation from Marvel, and thus the yearning and pining for a relentless movie version began. I have to be honest, I've been squealing like a schoolgirl for a movie trilogy for years. My whole life, in fact, but we don't need to go into that!

Sound off, Fanboys. What are your thoughts? Comments below and watch this space. Thanks for reading.

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