Back during the early days of Hollywood the studios existed as movie making factories. In charge of the operation were the studio heads who oversaw everything from production, to distribution, to running the theaters. In modern times the big studios are small aspects of corporate conglomerates and the decisions made for them are probably coming from an ancient computer spitting out ticker tape in a dark room somewhere, or an ape who knows sign language, or who knows what. With all of the acquisitions and mergers and whatnot going on every day nobody has had a chance to look into it. Under these conditions, it’s not that surprising that the best mainstream Hollywood can do when it comes to developing new projects is to take something that already exists in the world and tack “The Movie” on to the end of its name.
And so we find ourselves looking towards an adaptation of a wildly popular Stephen King novel that has already been adapted into both a comic book series and multiple TV miniseries over the past few decades. This project got started when one huge corporation acquired the rights to the material and then it auctioned off the rights to distribute the material to some other huge corporation, who was probably doing it under the name of some smaller sub corporation, etc… until it was finally decided that enough faceless Incs and LLCs had put their names on legal papers and “The Stand” was officially going to become a feature.
So now somebody has to make the movie. Talk of how a novel that is over 1100 pages and contains dozens of characters will be adapted into a screenplay with any sort of reasonable runtime will most likely happen eventually. But for now negotiations over whether or not the hand of God will be included (and if so how much can be budgeted for the CG) and whether they are going to attach either Christian Bale or Javier Bardem to play Randall Flagg have to commence.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter