I can’t believe I finally get to talk about this.
After reading my book This Dark Chest of Wonders: 40 Years of Stephen King’s The Stand, in September 2019 writer/directorJosh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars/The New Mutants) invited me to visit the Vancouver set of The Stand, the long-in-the-works adaptation of Stephen King’s massive, post-apocalyptic opus. Josh also asked me if I’d be interested in writing a making of the series. It was an easy yes. With his encouragement, along with the amazing support of showrunner Benjamin Cavell, who developed the new show alongside Boone, and many people at CBS All Access, you’re going to get to read The Art and Making of The Stand. You can read the press release that dropped today at Daily Dead below.
From the Press Release: Titan Books is delighted to announce the upcoming publication of the definitive companion title to the new CBS All Access limited event series, The Stand, based on Stephen King’s novel of the same name.
In an apocalyptic vision of a world decimated by plague and embroiled in an elemental struggle between good and evil, the fate of mankind rests on the frail shoulders of the 108-year-old Mother Abagail and a handful of survivors. Their worst nightmares are embodied in a man with a lethal smile and unspeakable powers: Randall Flagg, the Dark Man.
In 1979 Stephen King published The Stand, a massive apocalyptic tale that set the standard for all those stories that followed. The book was another King bestseller, leading to the release of The Complete and Uncut version in 1990, a 1994 ABC four-part mini-series and a 31-issue Marvel Comics adaptation in 2009. Now, King’s opus is being revisited for modern day, with a 9-episode limited event series for the subscription streaming service, CBS All Access, with a star-studded cast, including Oscar™-winner Whoopi Goldberg, Alexander Skarsgård, James Marsden, Odessa Young, Jovan Adepo, Amber Heard, Owen Teague, Henry Zaga, Brad William Henke, Greg Kinnear, Irene Bedard and Nat Wolff all bringing the story into the 21st Century.
THE ART AND MAKING OF THE STAND takes readers behind the scenes of this much-anticipated series to discover how a remarkable group of producers and actors brought Stephen King’s genre-defining opus to screen. The book is full to the brim with on-set photography, concept art and more, accompanied by interviews with the crew and all-star cast alongside the shooting script for the never-before-published coda written for the new series by King himself.
Written by The Stand expert Andy Burns, THE ART AND MAKING OF THE STAND is set to publish in hardback on May 4, 2021, priced at $45 and £34.99.
The Stand premieres December 17th exclusively on CBS All Access in the United States. New episodes of the nine-episode limited event series will drop weekly on Thursdays.
About the author:
Andy Burns is the author This Dark Chest of Wonder: 40 Years of Stephen King’s The Stand. The book traced the history of King’s apocalyptic masterpiece from its creation through its multiple adaptations. Andy is a founder and publisher of the pop culture website Biff Bam Pop!, and a former staff writer for Rue Morgue. Currently, he is the Interactive Content Editor for SiriusXM Canada.
About Titan Books:
Titan Books is a division of Titan Publishing Group and a leading world publisher of Film, TV and Gaming fiction and non-fiction, and original fiction. Titan Books’ acclaimed media publishing programme includes a wide range of some of today’s most exciting franchises and classic properties, including books covering the worlds of DC Universe (Batman vs Superman, Wonder Woman and the Justice League), Star Trek, Mad Max, Alien, and many more.