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Warner Bros. wants Ben Affleck to adapt Stephen King's The Stand

Oct. 21, 2011by: Jake Dee
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You think he'll take the offer?!? And what the hell happened to David Yates?

Deadline is reporting Warner Bros. has elected Ben Affleck - who directed THE TOWN, and is currently filming ARGO for the studio - to helm the long-gestating adaptation of Stephen King's THE STAND. At last blush, the studio seemed pretty intent on HARRY POTTER alum David Yates to helm. But apparently Affleck and all that charm of his has rubbed off.

Now, it should be noted, no offer has been officially made yet. Affleck is currently filming, and there's still no telling if he's interested in taking THE STAND...by far his most ambitious endeavor (potentially). Remember, not only did King himself scoff at the notion of a big-screen adaptation, the notion of a franchise trilogy seems awfully daunting as well (creatively, economically).

Still, here's what the story entails:

One man escapes from a biological weapon facility after an accident, carrying with him the deadly virus known as Captain Tripps, a rapidly mutating flu that - in the ensuing weeks - wipes out most of the world's population. In the aftermath, survivors choose between following an elderly black woman to Boulder or the dark man, Randall Flagg, who has set up his command post in Las Vegas. The two factions prepare for a confrontation between the forces of good and evil.

Alrighty, given that premise and Affleck's directorial track record, do we see a fit? Can Affleck, even if willing, make a decent attempt at THE STAND? If not, who's a better choice?

ARGO star Kerry Bishe

Extra Tidbit: Have you read "The Stand"? Is it best to leave it on the page?
Source: Deadline

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2:51PM on 10/24/2011
Good choice in AFFLECK , but the task may simply be too much . ABC's lame-ass mini-series showed perfectly that there's simply too much to be covered in bringing the novel to cinematic life .
Good choice in AFFLECK , but the task may simply be too much . ABC's lame-ass mini-series showed perfectly that there's simply too much to be covered in bringing the novel to cinematic life .
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7:12AM on 10/22/2011

Excellent choice

Both Gone Baby Gone and The Town were excellent engrossing movies that dealt with numerous characters and subplots very well so I think Affleck is a sound choice. I wouldn't be adverse to him starring either. There's always going to be those unhappy at cuts or amalgamations of characters or plot points (as always happens in literary adaptations - just look at some of the criticisms directed at lord of the rings)so i do think that a trilogy will be the best option cinematically given the size
Both Gone Baby Gone and The Town were excellent engrossing movies that dealt with numerous characters and subplots very well so I think Affleck is a sound choice. I wouldn't be adverse to him starring either. There's always going to be those unhappy at cuts or amalgamations of characters or plot points (as always happens in literary adaptations - just look at some of the criticisms directed at lord of the rings)so i do think that a trilogy will be the best option cinematically given the size of the source material.
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11:48PM on 10/21/2011
as much as i would love to see Ben Affleck pull a Peter Jackson and direct a trilogy back to back to back, i'll be filing this one under "believe it when i see it"
as much as i would love to see Ben Affleck pull a Peter Jackson and direct a trilogy back to back to back, i'll be filing this one under "believe it when i see it"
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11:49PM on 10/21/2011
and while we're at it, he should pull double duty: direct and star, he'd be good as Stu Redman, probably about the right age too
and while we're at it, he should pull double duty: direct and star, he'd be good as Stu Redman, probably about the right age too
10:47PM on 10/21/2011
Ben Affleck would be an awesome choice. He makes excellent movies and The Town was snubbed last year at the Oscars.
Ben Affleck would be an awesome choice. He makes excellent movies and The Town was snubbed last year at the Oscars.
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10:13PM on 10/21/2011
Great choice!
Great choice!
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8:57PM on 10/21/2011
Fantastic book, and if done right it could be great. But i worry, the book is ridiculously long and has an insane amount of well-developed characters that surely will work against the running time of the film.
Fantastic book, and if done right it could be great. But i worry, the book is ridiculously long and has an insane amount of well-developed characters that surely will work against the running time of the film.
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10:45PM on 10/21/2011
thats when you just figure out what character stories are important and which ones we don't need.
thats when you just figure out what character stories are important and which ones we don't need.
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