Stephen King was forced to explain that while the story of his novel, The Stand may have similarities with the current pandemic, the new CBS series is not based on the coronavirus.
All those who have been able to read the novel The Standor the miniseries adaptation that was made in 1994, will be able to find certain similarities with the current situation that we all live because of the pandemic. Obviously, the work of the great Stephen King is fiction and contains a lot of themes of the supernatural and religiousbut in a certain aspect, we can do some parallelism, and the writer himself so stated it in an interview with Vanity Fair.
“When you listen to reports that 100,000 or 240,000 people are going to die, you should take note, and it’s going to be bad. It is bad at this time. Has stopped the economy completely. I mean, in many ways, you see the pictures of Times Square or London, and you say: it really is like The Stand. But the cars are not stacked, and no one is shooting yet”.
A lot was said on this topic, and that is why the author came to give these statements, with their touch ironic as it always tends to do. Several rumors had come to light about this new series of CBS All Access, and all indicated that the original concept of the story was to be based on the coronavirus, taking advantage of the commotion that all this cause marketing.
That is why both the producers, as responsible for CBS and to the own Stephen King came out to say that it was all a lie, and that while we can find similarities as we said in the beginning, the series is to be based strictly on the story I wrote originally to the author himself.
The series is starring actors and actresses of renown, such as Alexander Skarsgård, Heather Graham, James Marsden, Whoopi Goldberg, Amber Heard or Greg Kinnear, among others. It is directed by Josh Boone (The New Mutants) and several of the chapters are written by the own Stephen King.