Ben Affleck is having a tough time taking The Stand?

So what do you think of Affleck's directorial acumen? I've yet to see ARGO, but I wasn't as high on GONE BABY GONE or THE TOWN as most seemed to be.

That said, I think we can all agree we were a little caught off guard when it was announced that Affleck would adapt Stephen King's THE STAND for WB. Certainly a daunting task, perhaps more daunting than Ben originally thought. Peep what he said about the adaptation to GQ magazine:

"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?"

Here's a synopsis of the book:

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.

Lofty questions, no doubt. But where does that leave THE STAND? Affleck is already prepping his next film, an adaptation of Dennis Lehane's LIVE BY NIGHT. Will THE STAND suffer in development purgatory? Will Affleck and writer David Kajganich sort this sucker out in short order and get this thing moving? What gives?

Extra Tidbit: You think Affleck is the right man for the job? If not, who is?
Source: GQ



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