Los Angeles, (Agencies): Stephen King's post-apocalyptic novel 'The Stand' will now be made into a movie. Warner Bros. and CBS Films are unifying to adapt the book.

The book tells a good versus evil story that takes place after a virus wipes out most of the American population.

The movie will be produced by Mosaic and Roy Lee and Warners will handle worldwide marketing and distribution, according to media reports.

The story is centered on a group of survivors fighting a group of evil zombies and features dozens of characters and overlapping storylines running over many years.

The novel was originally published in 1978 and was re-released in 1990 with King adding and revising portions of the story. It was later brought into small screen by ABC as a six-hour miniseries in 1994, and adapted into a graphic novel by Marvel Comics.

The release date for the film has not been decided yet, but Warner Bros. and CBS Films will sit down with writers and directors in the coming weeks in an attempt to find the right take on the material.

Universal Pictures and NBC Universal Television had earlier acquired the rights to King's 'The Dark Tower'.