Mosaic, Roy Lee to develop post-apocalyptic tale

Warner Bros. and CBS Films are teaming on a feature version of Stephen King’s post-apocalyptic novel “The Stand.”

The studios will co-develop and co-produce with Mosaic and Roy Lee attached to develop and produce. CBS has the option to participate on the financing and Warners will handle worldwide marketing and distribution.

The studios also said they plan to seek to involve King in the project’s development. No writers have been attached yet to the project.

“The Stand,” originally published in 1978, is divided into three parts and launches with a pandemic that leads to the death of an estimated 99.4% of the world’s human population. Tome chronicles the cross-country odysseys undertaken by a small number of survivors who are drawn to Boulder, Colo., and Las Vegas, where a final confrontation between two camps takes place.

“The Stand” was adapted into television miniseries for ABC in 1994, directed by Mick Garris and starring Gary Sinise, Molly Ringwald, Rob Lowe, Miguel Ferrer and Laura San Giacomo. Studios haven’t yet decided how many “Stand” films to make to encompass the scope of the book.

The partnership helps elevate CBS Films’ profile in feature development following the release of its fourth film, “The Mechanic.” CBS has held feature rights to “The Stand” and decided to go with Warners as a partner after receiving bids from several other studios.

King’s works have been the basis for dozens of feature and small-screen adaptations, including “Carrie,” “The Shawshank Redemption,” “Misery,” “Stand by Me,” “Christine,” “The Dead Zone,” “The Green Mile” and “Pet Sematary.”

Universal announced ambitious plans last year for a trio of films and a TV miniseries based on King’s “The Dark Tower,” a seven-book series set in alternate world resembling the Old West with King, Akiva Goldsman’s Weed Road and Brian Grazer and Ron Howard’s Imagine Entertainment producing.

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