The Stand Poster # 1 TV Mini Series Randal Flagg 1994 Jamey Sheridan


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The Stand is a 1994 American television miniseries based on the novel of the same name by Stephen King. King also wrote the teleplay and has a minor role in the series. It was directed by Mick Garris and stars Gary Sinise, Miguel Ferrer, Rob Lowe, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Jamey Sheridan, Laura San Giacomo, Molly Ringwald, Corin Nemec, Adam Storke, Ray Walston, and Matt Frewer.

Randall Flagg is a character created by Stephen King. Flagg has appeared in at least nine of King’s novels, either as a major or very minor character. He has a variety of names, usually initialed “R.F.” but with occasional exceptions, such as Walter o’Dim (originally envisioned by King as a separate character) in The Dark Tower series. Flagg is described as “an accomplished sorcerer and a devoted servant of the Outer Dark”, with supernatural abilities involving necromancy, prophecy, and influence over animal and human behavior. His goals typically center on bringing down civilizations through destruction and conflict.

Flagg first appeared in The Stand as a demonic figure who wreaks havoc after a plague kills most of the population.

Randall Flagg makes his first appearance in King’s 1978 apocalyptic novel, The Stand, where he tries to construct a new civilization in the United States after a plague kills most of the population. Flagg is described as a “tall man of no age” in old blue jeans, denim jacket and old cowboy boots. He wears an old Boy Scout knapsack, and his jacket pockets are stuffed with pamphlets from dozens of fringe splinter groups. Flagg’s background is vague, even to him; he says that at some point he just “became”, although he remembers being a Marine, a Klansman, a Viet Cong member and having a hand in the kidnapping of Patty Hearst. In Las Vegas Flagg attracts people drawn to destruction, power and draconian rule, using crucifixion, torture and other punishments on those disloyal to him. His followers reorganize society, rebuilding the city. Flagg plans to attack and destroy a rival emerging civilization (Mother Abagail’s Free Zone in Boulder, Colorado) to become the dominant society in the former United States.

After two of Flagg’s followers fail to kill the leaders of the Free Zone, the Boulder community sends a group of men to Las Vegas to stop him. The three who reach the city are taken prisoner, and Flagg orders one of them executed for his defiance. As the other two are being prepared for a public execution, one of Flagg’s most loyal followers, the Trashcan Man, arrives with a nuclear warhead salvaged from a military base. As Trash dies of radiation poisoning the Hand of God appears, detonating the warhead and annihilating Flagg, his followers, and the prisoners.

An expanded edition of The Stand was published in 1990, restoring text that had been cut from the original edition. It includes an epilogue in which Flagg appears on a beach and finds a primitive tribe ready to fall under his influence.

On February 25, 2014, it was reported that Josh Boone was hired to write and direct the adaptation. On August 25, 2014, The Wrap reported that Matthew McConaughey is being courted for the main antagonist, Randall Flagg. Boone soon took to Twitter to denounce this rumor and revealed he actually wanted Christian Bale to play Randall Flagg and Matthew McConaughey for the role of Stu Redman. On September 10, 2014, Boone announced the script has been completed and that pre-production is currently underway. The adaptation was to be a single film of three hours. In the November 17, 2014 episode of director Kevin Smith’s Hollywood Babble-On podcast, Boone revealed he plans to split his adaptation into four full-length feature films in an effort to remain true to the breadth of King’s sprawling novel.

In June 2015, plans were announced to adapt The Stand into an eight part miniseries before the film was released.

In February 2016, reported that The Stand movie had been put on hold, with the rights reverting from Warner Brothers back to CBS Films, and that the TV mini-series has, for now, been abandoned.

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