Ben Affleck to adapt and direct ‘The Stand’

I haven’t read any Stephen King novels yet, but I have enjoyed the films that are based on his novels though. The first time I was introduced to a film based on a Stephen King novel was Christine (1983) directed by John Carpenter. Then my search led me to Cujo (1983) directed by Lewis Teague. And, I have always wanted to get my hands on The Shining (1980) directed by Stanley Kubrick. All great films.

Now according the deadline Warner Bros.’ choice is Mr. Ben Affleck (Gone Baby Gone, The Town), they want to him to adapt and direct Stephen King’s post apocalyptic horror/fantasy novel, The Stand. About few months ago it was reported that Warner Bros. was involved in a negotiaton with Mr. David Yates (Harry Potter) to helm this project with his Harry Potter screenwriter Steven Kloves. No one is sure what happened behind those closed doors, for this new reports has Mr. David Yates’ name missing.

The Stand is one of those novels that I like to see fall in the right hands and Mr. Ben Affleck is the right choice since his name as a director is on top of the list of Warner Bros. lately. Mr. Affleck is no stranger when it comes to adapting books, his 2007 crime drama Gone Baby Gone was based on the novel by Dennis Lehane. And, his 2010 Academy Award nominated film The Town was also based on a book, “Prince of Theives” written by Chuck Hogan. I have become a big fan of  Mr. Affleck since ‘Gone Baby Gone’ and I want to see how he will play with this project.

If he signs to adapt and direct The Stand, this is going to be his biggest challenge. He is currently busy filming a political drama Argo for Warner Bros. I have faith in him that he will impress all of us. Let’s just hope he gets the opportunity to sign it.

Stephen King’s The Stand synopsis:

This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death.

And here is the bleak new world of the day after: a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides — or are chosen. A world in which good rides on the frail shoulders of the 108-year-old Mother Abigail — and the worst nightmares of evil are embodied in a man with a lethal smile and unspeakable powers: Randall Flagg, the dark man.

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