Warner Bros. Chooses Ben Affleck to Direct and Adapt Stephen King’s THE STAND

     October 21, 2011


In a bit of a head scratcher, Warner Bros. has chosen Ben Affleck to write and direct their adaptation of Stephen King’s The Stand. The reason that this news is confusing is that just a couple months ago, it was reported that Warner Bros. was in negotiations with director David Yates to reunite with his Harry Potter scribe Steve Kloves for a multi-film adaptation of King’s novel. Deadline has the Affleck news, and their report has no mention of Yates. The Potter director was in high demand after helming the last four films in the beloved franchise, and it seemed as though he’d be tied up with The Stand for a few years before being able to take on any other projects. Now it looks as though Yates is free to choose another film as his follow-up. Hit the jump for more.

the-stand-book-coverAffleck himself has been an in-demand director following his stellar one-two punch of Gone Baby Gone and The Town. He declined the Man of Steel gig, but one presumes that The Stand will be a fairly ambitious undertaking. No word on whether his version will span multiple films, though I would imagine that Warner Bros. would be keen on that idea for monetary reasons. I’m a big fan of Affleck’s other two directorial outings, so I’m anxious to see how he’ll tackle such a big adaptation. However, Affleck has yet to formally sign onto the gig, so it’s possible that he could end up not directing the pic. He’s currently filming the political/period drama Argo.

Here’s the synopsis for Stephen King’s The Stand:

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.

  • Kev

    well then the tv version will still be better which is sad.

  • wacko3205

    I don’t give two flying monkey craps how many people cry & rip into ole’ Benny…the guy’s one hell of a director & when the planets align…the gents a decent actor. The Standz one of my most favorite yarns from back in my heyday…& thas a long long time ago…so I can’t wait to see it modernized…I just hope that the oldies N goodies that’re tied to the original dont get lost in the remix.

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  • jymmmymack

    OK two things, first of all, Ben Affleck has an Academy Award for writing, and has two well-respected, critically acclaimed films to his name. So, Kev, to say the severely outdated miniseries will be better because Affleck is writing and directing, you are completely misguided.

    If this thing is going to suck it will be because of the terribly anti-climatic ending that King wrote himself into.


    You can’t have a 1,100 page book end with a giant hand of God coming out of the clouds and blowing up the bad guys.

    • vxx

      Well said.

    • Necro

      Ben didn’t get that Oscar by himself and the other guy probably had more to do with why they won it. Casey is a better actor than he’ll ever be, and any decent directing he’s done up to now is a fluke, like his career.

    • Flagg

      Why cant it end with the hand of god thing?
      The book has a religous slant to it, its lazy, but it fits the ongoing theme of faith in the book. Besides, you didnt write the book, so who are you to say? How many #1 best sellers have you published ??

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  • Rev. Slappy

    I’d like to see Marvel get the rights to Daredevil back and then have Affleck write and direct it.

    • geoff

      i agree! i liked it a lot and was disappointed that there was no sequel, just the lame Elektra spinoff. It was probably my favorite superhero movie before Nolan’s Batman films. Affleck could do a great job with it. And now’s the time to do it, before the superhero craze loses steam (not saying it isn’t already, i’m pretty much totally disinterested in any of the current Marvel movies).

  • Kelly Leak

    Obviously castings key, but this will either end up awful or impressive there is no in-between.

  • adam

    this sucks

    affleck wont split it

  • disco violenza

    Affleck, is a pretty competent director. I have to give him credit where credit is do. Gone Baby Gone was a damn fine film.

  • adam

    affleck wont split it

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  • Stephens

    I’ll give him that Gone Baby Gone and The Town were both good movies. But those movies were both based in Boston and it seems as if that’s Affleck’s thing. I think we should wait and see what he does with Argo and see if he can direct a good movie when he’s a bit more out of his comfort zone. Then I’ll pass judgment on this.

    Although it would have been great to see David Yates direct at trilogy out of this….

  • Flagg

    Hopefully theyl keep a continuity of Randal Flaggs character and the actor who plays him with the upcoming Dark Tower series.

    King often uses ongoing themes of mans strugle with the light and dark sides of faith, as seen in “the mist”, and many other works that usually contain at least one religous wack job pitted against “gods warrior” or the antihero who seeks faith agianst surmountable odds.

    By giving it a bigger budget, and a shorter timespan than the miniseries, Afflect has a chance to trim the fat and beef this up.

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