In a big decision that turned into a point of discussion even before the launch of the limited series on December 17, Cavell and fellow executive producer Josh Boone decided to play with the structure of King’s narrative, showing how our protagonists are already building their community in Boulder Free. Zone before heading back to find out how they got there.
“I know it seems like a great choice to everyone, and it’s obvious,” Cavell says Geek’s lair talking to him on the phone. “But it was very clear to me and to us from the beginning that we didn’t want to make people go through three episodes of the world dying before we got to the flesh of our story. I mean, you see, those first 300 pages of the book are wonderful and I certainly remember them from the first reading of the book, but it’s also not exactly what the book is about. “
What Stand about it, Cavell continues, is what comes after Captain Trips clear up the world, which is “that elemental struggle for the soul of what’s left,” he explains. “And these questions about how you are going to rebuild and what human society does. If you had the opportunity to press the reset button on humanity, would you return it the same way? “
Cavell adds: “These incredibly fundamental and fascinating questions about the basis of power, the basis of government, what society owes to the individual, what the individual owes to society, what individuals owe to each other – to me, to us, it seems like the flesh of Stand. So it seemed like a fair place to start after (the plague) and then we can go back and see the parts of how people got to where they are. “
In the case of Larry Underwood, we see him spend part of his time in mostly empty New York City after the excess flu wiped out most of the Big Apple, and we met a character in whom we never managed to meet the 1994 miniseries according to the book: The Former socialite Rita Blakemoor.