We’ve been reporting since January of this year that Stephen King’s post-apocalyptic mega-novel, The Stand, will be made into a television mini-series set to release in 2020, directed by Josh Boone (The Fault In Our Stars 2014, The New Mutants 2020). It’s been twenty-six years since the book has been given the silver screen treatment, not counting George Romero’s unfilmed adaption. Back in 1994, Gary Sinise, Molly Ringwold, Rob Lowe and Jamey Sheridan took on the roles of some of King’s most well-known characters from the book, and the powers that be have decided that now is the time for an updated version of this instant classic.
At first glance, you may write this new series off, thinking you’ve been there and done that. But hold on a second. We just learned from SyFy Wire that this version of The Stand will have an entirely new ending, one that King will write himself. The best part? The final episode is a tale never told heard before. That’s right. This story is brand new and totally secret!
We also have an updated cast list for you. At this point, we know of four confirmed cast members: James Marsden (X-Men franchise), Amber Heard (Aquaman 2018), Odessa Young (Assassination Nation 2018) and Henry Zaga (13 Reasons Why TV series, The New Mutants 2020). In this press release, nothing was mentioned about Marilyn Manson, Greg Kinnear (You’ve Got Mail 1998) or Whoopi Goldberg, but they’re still listed on the project’s IMDb page. If we go by that site, the current cast list looks like this:
James Marsden …. Stu Redman
Whoopi Goldberg …. Mother Abigail
Amber Heard …. Nadine Cross
Greg Kinnear …. Glen Bateman
Odessa Young …. Frannie Goldsmith
Henry Zaga …. Nick Andros
Marilyn Manson …. ???
So, what do you think the new ending will be about? Will Roland the Last Gunslinger show up? Will everyone catch a cold and die? Will Frannie give birth to a werewolf? Share your guesses in the comments!
We’ll let you know as soon as we hear more. As always, keep it tuned to PopHorror for all of your horror news, reviews and interviews!