5. 'The Stand'
Stephen King's epic 1978 novel about a disease that wipes out 99.9 percent of the earth was so long when he first filed it that he cut out 150,000 words and it still ran at over 820 pages. The cut passages were restored 12 years later in a new edition that fans loved even more than the original, so it was no surprise that the ABC miniseries ran over four nights in May of 1994 and still had to cut out big chunks of the plot. The team behind it still get a lot of points for trying, and assembling a humongous cast that included Gary Sinise, Molly Ringwald, Jamey Sheridan and Ruby Dee. Rumors have been flying for a while that a big-screen version, possibly preceded by a Showtime miniseries, is in the works, but so far nothing has been confirmed.