Uncertain Emotions Force An Uncertain Smile

By Cindy Davis | Trade News | February 2, 2011 | Comments ()

By Cindy Davis | Trade News | February 2, 2011 |

On the positive front, King will be involved. Hopefully our good author will be able to influence his vision properly (this time); be involved in choosing a director he can work with and affect good casting for key characters (Timothy Olyphant = Randall Flagg). On the negative front, CBS holds the rights and essentially held a "bidding war" to determine a studio partner (Warner won). As with any book adaptation, readers will often feel no movie could ever live up to the book -- with The Stand, those fears are multiplied because the story is vast, epic and there are so many important characters. A sad and inadequate television miniseries was made back in 1994; if anyone saw that version, it's sure to have left a bad taste in his mouth. Still, if this project gets a visionary director who is willing to give it the time and attention it deserves, if there isn't a rush and a push to spit it out as quickly as possible so the dough can be raked, there could be hope.

While I feel hopeful but uncertain, one thing I am sure of is that the Pajiba dream-casting-community will have opinions and we may as well start speculating right now. Half the country is snowed or iced in -- what else do you have to do? Who should play Flagg, Mother Abigail, Larry Underwood, Nick Andros and Stu Redman (Andrew Lincoln!)? Any director choices?

(Source: Hollywood Reporter)

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