Warner Bros. Reportedly Eyeing Paul Greengrass to Take Over THE STAND

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Warner Bros.’ adaptation of the Stephen King novel The Stand has gone through plenty of ups and downs over the past few years, and it just recently lost its director—again.  Scott Cooper (Out of the Furnace) joins Ben Affleck and David Yates on the list of filmmakers who were at one point attached to tackle the post-apocalyptic tale but bowed out for one reason or another.  It’s a difficult adaptation for sure, but Warner Bros. is still aiming high for the property, as Captain Phillips helmer Paul Greengrass currently tops the list of candidates the studio is keen on taking over the project.  Hit the jump for more.

paul-greengrass-the-standThe folks over at Badass Digest report that Greengrass is the top choice on a list of potential replacement candidates to helm The Stand.  He would certainly be an interesting fit for the property, as he has remained firmly in grounded, real-world stories with his previous films.  There’s no telling whether he’d be interested or not, and he’s a filmmaker who very much sticks to his guns.  He hasn’t yet settled on his next project, but he flirted with DreamWorks’ Trial of the Chicago 7 before bowing out when the studio wouldn’t raise the budget.

Creative issues also led to Cooper’s exit from The Stand, as he was high on an R-rated adaptation but WB wants the film to be PG-13.  Moreover, the studio apparently can’t decide whether the adaptation should be one, two, or three films, which obviously made it difficult on Cooper since he was trying to pen the script.

If Greengrass doesn’t accept the gig, THR adds that WB is also mulling over Cary Fukunaga (Jane Eyre), Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners), and Daniel Espinosa (Safe House) as other possible candidates.  Clearly the studio is still keen on making The Stand happen.  Hopefully we hear more soon.

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  • randommale7

    If Paul Greengrass can hold the camera still for once maybe I’d be okay with him directing The Stand…I mean come on it’s called a tripod, dolly, crane and steadicam!

    • Mixed Race rich kid NYC

      The thing is he was a journalist in combat zone
      That’s why he likes shaky cam
      Put you right in the middle of it all

    • Guest

      I don’t mind handheld camera shots, but youre right. His shaky cam wouldn’t fit with this story.

  • Zack Snyder

    Yes. Please.

    If he doesn’t accepts then get Jeff Nichols at all costs.

  • mattinacan

    this would be an inspired choice

  • glubar

    I’ve no interest in seeing shaky cam big budget blockbusters.

  • lordjim

    from a technical standpoint i think scorsese is the only living director capable of turning a novel of this size into a movie (still it would have to be 4 hours long) , he is a master of montage and he has a way of using voice over narration to tell dense stories that actually works, he knows his visuals, his style is hypnotic, he turns even the smallest parts into characters, and he has the experience to pull this off.and matthew mcconaughey would make a great randall flagg (watch his performance in killer joe)

    • IMPYEMU

      I think they should get an unpopular actor to do it. Roles like Hans Landa and The Joker are always mote fun and unsurprising then when done by well known actors.

      • lordjim

        ledger was not exactly unknown, and mcconaughey is not that famous, especially not for plaing the bad guy.but yeah, i know what you mean, still it´s interesting if someone unexpected can pull it off, like tom cruise did with lestat.years ago when they did the mini series stephen king actually thought of robert duvall for the role.

      • IMPYEMU

        No not unknown, just unpopular. McConaughey is far more popular than either Ledger or Waltz were prior to their roles.

        But I see that you saw what I meant.

    • IMPYEMU

      I think they should get an unpopular actor to do it. Roles like Hans Landa and The Joker are always mote fun and unsurprising then when done by well known actors.

  • Sarah125r

    Seems Warner Bros. has their own plague to deal with, talented directors dropping like flies because they won’t conform to some studio exec’s crappy vision of a PG-13 film.

    Let the creative people do their jobs, for crissake. Quit worrying about the short term (ticket sales)..

  • Sarah125r

    Seems Warner Bros. has their own plague to deal with, talented directors dropping like flies because they won’t conform to some studio exec’s crappy vision of a PG-13 film.

    Let the creative people do their jobs, for crissake. Quit worrying about the short term (ticket sales)..

  • Matty

    At least make it a two-parter!

  • Matty

    At least make it a two-parter!

  • The Flobbit

    Go for R, people. Don’t compromise the vision. Also, does anyone think that Jim Caviezel will make a perfect Roland in The Gunslinger…? THAT’S what I want to see.

  • The Flobbit

    Go for R, people. Don’t compromise the vision. Also, does anyone think that Jim Caviezel will make a perfect Roland in The Gunslinger…? THAT’S what I want to see.

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