Stephen King’s the Stand tells the story of an outbreak that kills off a good portion of the world’s population, leaving the survivors to split up into a group of good and evil. Warner Bros. assigned Ben Affleck the task of directing this beast of a story, according to Deadline.
There are some doubts, okay a lot of doubts, in adapting the Stand into a marketable, quality film. The Stand is character-driven, with stories being told through a variety of people who are all connected by the outbreak. The original version of the Stand is 823 pages and the uncut version is 1168 pages long, so it’s not a walk in the park to adapt the novel into a screenplay, it’s more like a slow walk across Texas. The Stand was adapted into a mini-series back in the 90s, starring Molly Ringwald, Rob Lowe and Gary Sinise. The mini-series run-time clocked in at about 6 hours.
Despite the doubts, this is very exciting news, especially because Affleck has proven his worth in the Director’s chair with Gone Baby Gone and the Town. In both Affleck’s previous directorial efforts, he has managed to pull out great performances from his entire cast. If you haven’t seen Affleck’s work in the Director’s chair, don’t let his performances in Gigli and Surviving Christmas scare you off—the guy was meant to be in the Director’s chair.
Casting decisions haven’t been made yet, but we’ll keep tabs on this project, but for right now we can only speculate. Jeremy Renner as Flagg anyone?
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