A Modern Rendition of the Stand
I think that in light of current events there is some chance the production of this story will not come out. However, let's set that aside for a moment and assume it does. I think some changes to the story will be warranted.
How do you think The Stand taking place in modern times would affect the story? Now we all have smart phones and the internet. The world is far more interconnected and cutting of a few small towns or entirely suppressing the news of the Superflu or media is not really practical. In fact, I'd argue that in our modern era many people believe the media doesn't even need to be suppressed because they think it is all lies anyway. I'm not endorsing or denouncing this view, just describing how large segments of the country (and world) feel. Thus, I feel a modern rendition of this story needs to take this into account. How the US Govt handles the press needs to be modernized. I don't think there is any way they could suppress knowledge of the Superflue, its lethality, or its implications for very long. Soon the whole world will know they are screwed and that life as they know it is over. W
What is the result?
Perhaps a flurry of brief but violent warfare in the last days of the plague?
We live in an even more automated society now than we did then. Would the power and internet last a little longer? Would people write about the strange dreams they're having about the Walkin' Dude and that old black woman in Nebraska? Post videos about it on Youtube? Form groups discussing it on Facebook, Reddit, and other sites? Would they try to find Abigail's little shack on Google Maps? What about Project Blue, or at least that section of California desert that is blocked off, giving it away anyway? Enough people might even find the base were the Superflue originated and attempt to storm it.
Who is Randal Flagg going to be? Who will he represent? Might his jacket have an Obama Pin on one pocket, a MAGA pin on the other? His backpack could have a patch of Pepe the Frog one one side and a PETA on the other. "No War for Oil" and "Build the Wall"
Would Harold Lauder be a disaffected young man who considers himself part of the Alt Right? Did Glen Bateman attend some Antifa rallies a couple of years ago? Maybe Fran and Harold were at odds not because he was fat or acne ridden, but because Franny knew about his views and considered them vile? I can't imagine Stu didn't vote for Donald Trump, even if he didn't like how the guy conducted himself. I can definitely see him arguing intensely with Glen Bateman about it... at least before the two break down into hysterical, crying, horrified laughter at the pointlessness of that debate in their current situation.
What sorts of people will arrive at either camp? Gold old fashioned conservative values from Mother Abigail. A society of peaceful people who can hold hands and sing along together. Everybody chip in and share what he has. From each according to his ability, to each according to his need. Everyone equal in a live and let live society.
On the other hand, you have order and convenience from Flagg. A rational society that is still modern, but now controlled for everyone's benefit. Speak your mind, but do not speak hate. Do as you will and indulge in any vice and sin, but if your vices hinder your ability to serve the group then the price may be your life. There will be order and no parasite tolerated.
The demographics of America are also very different from how they were in 1990. The ethnic makeup of the survivors will be different. How different? Would this affect anything?