Author Stephen King's The Stand gets star-studded TV series adaptation

Whoopi Goldberg stars in The Stand. PHOTO: CBS
New: Gift this subscriber-only story to your friends and family

LOS ANGELES - The new series The Stand is based on a Stephen King book about a world decimated by a pandemic, one caused by a weaponised strain of influenza escaping from a research facility.

But while some might see parallels with the current coronavirus pandemic, the acclaimed fantasy novel was written in 1978. And this television adaptation - which debuts at 11pm on May 3 on FX (Singtel TV Channel 310) - was mostly written three years ago.

Already a subscriber? 

Read the full story and more at $9.90/month

Get exclusive reports and insights with more than 500 subscriber-only articles every month

Unlock these benefits

  • All subscriber-only content on ST app and

  • Easy access any time via ST app on 1 mobile device

  • E-paper with 2-week archive so you won't miss out on content that matters to you

Join ST's Telegram channel and get the latest breaking news delivered to you.