Warner Bros is Choosing Ben Affleck for 'The Stand' Instead of Yates
Just a few months ago we wrote that screenwriter Steve Kloves and director David Yates were reteaming for a feature adaptation of Stephen King's massive post-apocalyptic novel The Stand. We now have an update on the project in development at Warner Bros/CBS Films, as Deadline says that they've actually "chosen" actor-turned-filmmaker Ben Affleck to direct The Stand movie, not Yates. Affleck is currently filming his hostage crisis film Argo for the studio. Deadline says WB "loves Affleck" and is their choice. I wonder if he has gotten word from the studio yet, as that's how fast this kind of news gets around Hollywood. Read on!
King's The Stand is a story of good vs evil after a virus wipes out most of the American population. While it features dozens of characters, like the Trashcan Man, Rat Man and Mother Abigail, as well as overlapping story lines running over many years, the primary struggle comes down to a group of survivors fighting the Antichrist-like Randall Flagg. The book was re-released in an extended & revised form in 1990 and was adapted once before as a 6-hour miniseries on ABC in the mid-90s. If this all comes together, it should be an interesting and challenging career choice for Affleck, whose filmography as a director includes Gone Baby Gone and The Town. This will be quite an undertaking for anyone, but word is Stephen King will be involved with this project in the works as a co-production at Warner Bros & CBS Films. Is Affleck a good choice?