@timeturnerjones well, for one thing the book is told from multiple points of view from all over the world spanning several years. Brad Pitts character does not exist. I really reccomend picking up the book, it's very well written!
@Astrate1 A mini series is a good idea. Each episode could be based around the separate survivor stories. Although, based on how Stephen King books were adapted into mini series I wouldn't have high hopes. They were just terrible.