The ironic thing is that AMC's Walking Dead actually gave me more of the feeling of reading THE STAND than did the actual made for TV series did...I don't think Darabont did that miniseries.
You would have to omit a lot to make the film work. Movies like The Road came close to capturing the feel
of The Stand
--and that is what you really want.
Now maybe this makes me an oddball for saying this--but King's sense of American soul is perhaps best found in an unrelated film--the original Vanishing Point