THEATRICAL VERSION OF STEPHEN KING'S THE STAND ON THE WAY
Stephen Kings THE STAND, the longest single novel he has published, originally hit bookstores in November 1978 and again in May 1990, the latter of which was a more complete and uncut version adding some 400 pages to the original text which was initially trimmed due to the fact that Doubleday could not print such a large book without it physically falling apart.
Several attempts were made in the Eighties to develop the film into a feature-length film - both Warner Brothers and George A. Romero gave it a shot, but those plans never materialized. The book finally made its way to television in a toned-down version helmed by Mick Garris and aired in May 1994 in four parts.
It is now being reported that Warner Bros. and CBS Films are looking to adapt the novel for a big-screen treatment. Among the discussions is whether or not the story will be done in a single or multiple films. Like THE STAND Kings second longest novel, IT, was shown as a TV-movie in November 1990, and that story is also in talks to become a major motion picture.