With the casting firming up for the new series ‘The Stand’ with Alexander Skarsgard recently cast as the chief baddie Randall Flagg, how will it differ from the original? Besides the obvious better effects, make-up, and things that come with a higher budget (although the ABC series had a then hefty $28m price tag). I’m specifically focusing on the characters.
“The Stand” is author Stephen King’s post-apocalyptic vision of a world decimated by plague and embroiled in an elemental struggle between good and evil.
But one thing I found off-putting was the cloying religiosity of the 1994 show. In fact, the character of the Christian prophet Mother Abigail (Ruby Dee) always prompted me to either fast forward or slope off for a snack or the loo.