Despite production on The Stand wrapping earlier this year, it remains to be seen when a release date for the miniseries will be announced. Until then, in news that is sure to excite fans of horror maestro The Stand author Stephen King, director Josh Boone has revealed that the literature legend has written an episode of The Stand which is set after the book's ending.

In a recent interview, The Stand creator and director Josh Boone discussed Stephen King's involvement in the upcoming series, revealing that the horror author already had an alternate epilogue up his sleeve for the adaptation. The director further revealed, "...the last episode Stephen King wrote, so we had sort of an hour of original material by Stephen King that was a story set after The Stand. There was a story that he'd always wanted to tell."

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Fans already had several reasons to be excited for this adaptation of The Stand thanks to the wildly talented cast and director, but now, with confirmation that the series will feature original material from Stephen King that goes beyond the ending of the novel, The Stand is suddenly looking even more enticing than it already did.

The Stand is a disturbingly prescient tale, the narrative of which details King's apocalyptic vision of a world decimated by plague and embroiled in an elemental struggle between good and evil. Set after a strain of influenza has wiped out over 99% of the world's population, The Stand chronicles the lives of those lucky (or, in this case, unlucky) enough to have survived. 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 by a man with a lethal smile and unspeakable powers: Randall Flagg, the nefarious 'Dark Man'.

The upcoming miniseries adaptation will reshuffle the chronology of the source material, meaning that it will not play out linearly. Instead, the show will begin with the plague having already hit, using flashbacks to show the character's old lives before the world ended. The novel remains one of Stephen King's greatest achievements, and this new take, with all the talent involved, has a good chance of being a very worthy adaptation. Westworld and Sonic the Hedgehog's James Marsden stars as the story's principal protagonist Stu Redman with Aquaman star Amber Heard as Nadine Cross. Alongside them stars The Leftovers' Jovan Adepo as Larry Underwood, Boogie Nights star Heather Graham as Rita Blakemoor, It's Owen Teague as Harold Lauder, and Assassination Nation's Odessa Young as Frannie Goldsmith. Whoopi Goldberg will be looking suitably mystical as Mother Abagail with Alexander Skarsgård rounding out the cast as the villainous Randall Flagg.

This new take based on Stephen King's 1978 novel of the same name was announced last year and will be comprised of a 10-episode miniseries courtesy of CBS All Access. The series will be directed, written, and produced by The Fault in our Stars and The New Mutants director Josh Boone. No release date has yet been set. This comes to us from Screenrant.

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