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Scott Cooper exits Warner Bros. adaptation of The Stand

Nov. 20, 2013by:

Another one bites the dust

Should Warner Bros. even continue to attempt an adaptation of Stephen King's THE STAND? First, HARRY POTTER team Steve Kloves and David Yates were going to write and direct then that fell apart. Then Ben Affleck steps in only to leave to make more room for other projects, and now it seems that Scott Cooper is out as director as well.

Insiders close to the project say that Cooper and the studio split over creative differences. Cooper was hired towards the end of August to rewrite the script and direct. The studio should seek a replacement fairly quick as it is high on the priority list.

When Affleck joined, I genuinely thought that this was finally going to get some movement. Then Cooper stepped in, which was fine by me but now he's out. I'm wondering what the studio is wanting for the film. It's not a simple task to adapt something like THE STAND so I can understand why it might be a rather large undertaking.

Which director would be a good fit for the material? Would it better be if it were adapted as a series instead of a film?

Source: The Wrap

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10:05PM on 11/20/2013

Actually...

What about Frank Darabont?
What about Frank Darabont?
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2:01AM on 11/21/2013

Honestly...

This is the only Stephen King novel I've read, and while it's super long and is meandering in place it tells a pretty straightforward story with a clear beginning, middle and end so aside from figuring out what to keep and what to cut (which is the intrinsic challenge with any adaptation) I'm not really sure what makes this one so incredibly difficult. I read this because I heard it was loosely inspired by "Earth Abides" which is one of the greatest post-apocalyptic novels ever, and while I'd
This is the only Stephen King novel I've read, and while it's super long and is meandering in place it tells a pretty straightforward story with a clear beginning, middle and end so aside from figuring out what to keep and what to cut (which is the intrinsic challenge with any adaptation) I'm not really sure what makes this one so incredibly difficult. I read this because I heard it was loosely inspired by "Earth Abides" which is one of the greatest post-apocalyptic novels ever, and while I'd rather see that get adapted, I really hope this gets made as well. At least Warner Bros. is going with legitimately talented directors so far.
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10:26PM on 11/20/2013
Hopefully a director takes on this property soon, while talk on it is still hot.
Hopefully a director takes on this property soon, while talk on it is still hot.
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10:09PM on 11/20/2013
I say just leave this as a book. It's a masterpiece, it deserves to be read.
I say just leave this as a book. It's a masterpiece, it deserves to be read.
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10:03PM on 11/20/2013
I'm really surprised they keep trying to adapt this as a movie. It would be perfect for television. Especially with The Walking Dead being such a huge success. Randall Flagg's a great villain and it'd be easy to put together a nice mythology there.

At the very least, if I was trying to adapt it to film, I would split it up as a trilogy. You could definitely get one film as the outbreak of the disease.
I'm really surprised they keep trying to adapt this as a movie. It would be perfect for television. Especially with The Walking Dead being such a huge success. Randall Flagg's a great villain and it'd be easy to put together a nice mythology there.

At the very least, if I was trying to adapt it to film, I would split it up as a trilogy. You could definitely get one film as the outbreak of the disease.
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11:43AM on 11/21/2013
The more I think about it the more I think this movie should simply not happen. Affleck was a great choice to direct and if any body had the clout with a studio to get it done the way needs to be done (2 parts at no less than 2 1/2 hours each, and that is even pushing it) than I really do not think anybody can get it done. If the movie does officially get green lit it will be nothing short of a catastrophe. The production will be plagued by an over bearing studio, budget concerns, and the cast
The more I think about it the more I think this movie should simply not happen. Affleck was a great choice to direct and if any body had the clout with a studio to get it done the way needs to be done (2 parts at no less than 2 1/2 hours each, and that is even pushing it) than I really do not think anybody can get it done. If the movie does officially get green lit it will be nothing short of a catastrophe. The production will be plagued by an over bearing studio, budget concerns, and the cast and crew generally getting pissy with one another. I just do not see it being a success.
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10:26PM on 11/20/2013
It was literally yesterday that he was discussing this project, while promoting Out of the Furnace. He even wanted to cast Christian Bale in the lead role. To be honest, his directorial sensibilities aren't quite ready for a big budget Hollywood movie. I think the same thing happened to Marc Webb, which is why the Amazing Spider-Man film was perceived as mediocre. I'd like to see Cooper do a few more low key films that establish his approach before getting to that next level.
It was literally yesterday that he was discussing this project, while promoting Out of the Furnace. He even wanted to cast Christian Bale in the lead role. To be honest, his directorial sensibilities aren't quite ready for a big budget Hollywood movie. I think the same thing happened to Marc Webb, which is why the Amazing Spider-Man film was perceived as mediocre. I'd like to see Cooper do a few more low key films that establish his approach before getting to that next level.
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9:46PM on 11/20/2013
I was optimistic about Afleck, too bad he couldn't bring it to fruition. Once upon a time I think Ridley Scott would've been great for it, these days not so much. I'd Matthew Vaughn if they could get him.
I was optimistic about Afleck, too bad he couldn't bring it to fruition. Once upon a time I think Ridley Scott would've been great for it, these days not so much. I'd Matthew Vaughn if they could get him.
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9:02PM on 11/20/2013
Hire Joe Carnahan!
Hire Joe Carnahan!
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9:34PM on 11/20/2013
Sure, I'm sure that will get to anywhere, given Joe Carnahan's penchant for butting heads with studios.
Sure, I'm sure that will get to anywhere, given Joe Carnahan's penchant for butting heads with studios.
11:50PM on 11/20/2013
Exactly. It was just a joke.
Exactly. It was just a joke.
7:05AM on 11/21/2013

Let it die...

I just finished reading this last year and BLECH what a stinker! Stephen King's greatest example of what a good character developer he is, but what an atrocious story teller. So much of this book makes no sense whatsoever and I shudder to think about how poorly it'll translate to the screen.
I just finished reading this last year and BLECH what a stinker! Stephen King's greatest example of what a good character developer he is, but what an atrocious story teller. So much of this book makes no sense whatsoever and I shudder to think about how poorly it'll translate to the screen.
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