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Ben Affleck is still working on adapting Stephen King's The Stand but is having a hard time doing it

Nov. 16, 2012by: Alex Maidy

Ben Affleck's credibility as a director is rock solid right now. GONE BABY GONE, THE TOWN, and now ARGO have been skilled films from someone I never thought would be a top level director. With all of the rumors swirling around awards recognition for ARGO, it is nice to see that Affleck is staying grounded and continuing to work on future projects.

One project we haven't heard about in a while is the updated version of Stephen King's novel THE STAND. Affleck has been in the development stage for a while and it doesn't seem to be making much progress. When asked about the status of the movie, he had this to say:

"Right now we're having a very hard time. But I like the idea—it's like The Lord of the Rings in America. And it's about how we would reinvent ourselves as a society. If we started all over again, what would we do?"

Affleck has been working with writer David Kajganich for about a year now but it doesn't sound like much has been written so far. THE STAND is a daunting project but it has already been made into a television miniseries and a succesfull comic book. Affleck may be looking for a new avenue to tackle the story. The post-apocalyptic movie is becoming a trend in Hollywood these days so THE STAND may not be as sure a bet as it once was.

I absolutely love Stephen King's novel and it is often cited as the inspiration for projects as varied as THE WALKING DEAD to LOST. Would I love to see it made into a big budget Hollywood movie? Sure, but not if it means sacrificing story to fit it into a single film. Unless they can bring something truly unique, I say leave THE STAND alone.

What so you think?

Extra Tidbit: Screw THE STAND. Someone get Affleck working on THE DARK TOWER!
Source: Cinema Blend

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4:53PM on 11/18/2012
Lord of the Rings in America? Has he read the fucking book...?
Lord of the Rings in America? Has he read the fucking book...?
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5:40PM on 11/17/2012
Matthew McConnaughey for Randall Flagg?
Matthew McConnaughey for Randall Flagg?
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1:23PM on 11/17/2012
Hell Yea Dark Tower!
Hell Yea Dark Tower!
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7:29PM on 11/16/2012
I'm thrilled to hear he is struggling cause that means he gives a shit about the story and material. Nothing is easy when you care.
I'm thrilled to hear he is struggling cause that means he gives a shit about the story and material. Nothing is easy when you care.
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5:00PM on 11/16/2012
Inevitable double post
Inevitable double post
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4:50PM on 11/16/2012
Affleck can handle The Stan, Bob Loblaw. The Dark Tower, on the other hand. Not sure anyone can do that . . .
Affleck can handle The Stan, Bob Loblaw. The Dark Tower, on the other hand. Not sure anyone can do that . . .
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4:47PM on 11/16/2012
I feel stupid commenting on so many stories today but there are so many good ones ha- I love the novel, have read the unabridged edition all the way through 4 times in the past 6 years which means I usually didn't read more than one thing in between each round with it. That book just constantly has new details to discover and pieces to put together, it is a fantastic work of fiction...Affleck is my goldenboy right now and in my eyes until he screws up in the directors chair- I trust the man
I feel stupid commenting on so many stories today but there are so many good ones ha- I love the novel, have read the unabridged edition all the way through 4 times in the past 6 years which means I usually didn't read more than one thing in between each round with it. That book just constantly has new details to discover and pieces to put together, it is a fantastic work of fiction...Affleck is my goldenboy right now and in my eyes until he screws up in the directors chair- I trust the man behind the lens of any project he believes is worthy of his time. It's gonna be a long road I am sure, but I have faith that if anyone could get this thing off the ground and in the right direction and at anytime since the book came out, you wouldnt find anyone more capable or ready of such a daunting adaptation as Affleck or a better time in his career, as well as the direction big budget films have been taking (more adult oriented, dark, grounded in reality.) Until its officially dead, or I see a reason to worry- I am patiently waiting to be super fucking excited for this sometime around 2014.
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4:36PM on 11/16/2012
Let Affleck keep making his own movies. They are good, but not because of his talent as director. He is competent, and picks good scripts, but he is a very by the numbers director. Something like The Stand & Dark Tower needs a visionary director, which is something Affleck is not.
Let Affleck keep making his own movies. They are good, but not because of his talent as director. He is competent, and picks good scripts, but he is a very by the numbers director. Something like The Stand & Dark Tower needs a visionary director, which is something Affleck is not.
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