Updated: Aug 21, 2019
Per Deadline and confirmed by Stephen King on Twitter, King has written a continuation of 'The Stand' for the CBS All Access limited series.
King took to Twitter last night and said:
"The script for the final episode is written. I was glad Josh Boone gave me the chance, because that final story has been in my mind for 30 years."
Julie McNamara, of CBS All Access, said:
“For fans of the book who have wondered what became of the survivors of the stand, this episode will contain a story that takes us beyond the book to answer those questions. A continuation to The Stand; we can’t wait to share that with the world.”
The new material is meant to pick up directly after the events of the novel, and supposedly it will be a substantial plot and not just a brief epilogue.
CBS All Access also officially confirmed the casting of James Marsden (Stu), Odessa Young (Frannie), Henry Zaga (Nick), and Amber Heard (Nadine). No word yet on further casting!
To say I was ecstatic about this news is a massive understatement, you guys! Being able to get a glimpse into what happened to our survivors after the events of the novel is something I've always wished for. It has me wondering if King is incorporating his story idea of Fran and Stu heading home to Maine and Fran falling down into a well. Or perhaps this is completely different. I also wonder if they'll re-release a new edition of The Stand with the newer ending Stephen wrote. Obviously writing a screenplay for a series is much different than a chapter for a novel, but novelizations of film and television happen all the time, so I hope it gets done.
I suppose we'll have to wait and see, but this news has definitely amped up my excitement for the series.