Scott Cooper to Replace Ben Affleck as Director of Stephen King Adaptation THE STAND

     August 23, 2013


When Warner Bros. announced last night that Ben Affleck has been cast as the new Batman in director Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel follow-up, the future of Affleck’s incredibly successful directorial career was thrown into question.  Presumably Affleck will  be getting a standalone Batman film in the near future, and he’s all but guaranteed to star in Justice League (which he might even end up directing).  It now appears that the first directorial casualty of Affleck donning the cape and cowl has surfaced, as word comes that Crazy Heart helmer Scott Cooper is in talks to replace him as the writer and director of Warner Bros.’ feature film adaptation of the Stephen King novel The Stand.

Hit the jump for more, including the status of Affleck’s other directorial projects.

the-stand-book-coverA feature film adaptation of The Stand has been in the works at WB for quite a while now, with Harry Potter director David Yates initially flirting with the project as his first film after completing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.  Yates subsequently backed out of the project, and Warner Bros. tapped Affleck to write and direct the film in 2011.  The filmmaker has been talking enthusiastically about the project over the past few years, but he recently admitted that he was having a tough time cracking the adaptation, comparing it to The Lord of the Rings in America.

Now THR reports that Affleck has officially withdrawn from the project due to unavailability, and Crazy Heart writer/director Scott Cooper will take a crack at it as he is in talks to rewrite and direct the adaptation.  This one remains a big priority for Warner Bros., and the studio has to move fast before they lose the rights to King’s book.  Cooper is an incredibly exciting young filmmaker, and his latest film, the drama Out of the Furnace, stars Christian Bale and Casey Affleck and opens in theaters later this fall.  He’s attached to direct a number of other projects at the moment, but one imagines The Stand will be at the top of his list.

As for Affleck’s next directorial project, he was supposed to begin production on his Argo follow-up Live by Night this fall, but he decided to push it to next year in order to star in David Fincher’s Gone Girl.  Now that he has signed on to Snyder’s superhero movie (slated for a summer 2015 release), The Wrap reports that Live by Night has unfortunately been delayed “significantly.”  Hopefully Affleck is able to pick that one up after he completes filming on the Batman/Superman movie.  The Wrap also notes that Affleck has dropped out of directing Tell No One completely.


  • SombreroMacReady

    It’s been said before, but this is a movie that should probably just never happen. Cable mini-series? Hell yeah. Trilogy? Maybe. Single film? Ridiculous.

    • Doug_101

      Isn’t the novel over a thousand pages? That means it should be, at the very least, two movies.

      • Saltonstall

        The thing is, the book has three parts. And they would work very well if divided up into three movies.

      • SombreroMacReady

        Very true. I’ve always found the third act to be the weakest so it’s hard for me to picture how it would stand on it’s own as a film. But in the right hands a trilogy could be great.

    • pinkincide

      They already had a mini-series that wasn’t half bad.

  • Saltonstall

    The Stand needs to be three movies. One simply won’t cut it. Wouldn’t Warner Bros. be keen on that? Making a single book into a film franchise?

    • Strong Enough

      of course they would dummy

  • JK1193

    Will Affleck still be doing Gone Girl? I’m particularly excited about him teaming with Fincher, but will he still be able to film that?

    • DavidisALLright

      He’s doing Gone Girl this fall, then Batman/Superman


    Good. Maybe now this adaptation will actually get made.

  • Old Soldier

    No need to remake this. The miniseries was fantasic.

  • Mark Dawson

    DON’T DO IT BEN! IT’S EYE OPENING SEEING YOUR DIRECTING SKILLS! DO THE STAND! DO THE STAND! Be the Junkie character too! .. wait.. I’m thinking of the Dark Tower series.. DO THAT ONE! :D

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  • lordjim

    he is fucking up his artistic future for a superheromovie by zack snyder and david goyer?i thought he had grown up.

  • sense11

    Well at least Ben has his priorities straight, hes doing what all of us would do if we were offered the Batman role. you drop everything else and you do it. Simple, all you h8ing on that are just pure trolling.

    • lordjim

      well there is actually an audience that´s older than sixteen, and even a sixteen year old who isn´t completely dumb would know that afflecks directorial efforts where better movies than “man of steel” or “the dark knight rises”.besides that be glad you didn´t get to play the role in “batman and robin”, so shut up troll.

      • sense11

        the only one that’s trolling around here is you fucktard, you do it everyday with your little BS anti Nolan comments, im glad your not getting a Batman your going to like for a very long time, probably never based on the success of Nolan and company. You probably wanted them to cast Michael Keaton LOL Here’s the smallest banjo in the wolrd playing just for you and your offended little biatch fanboy heart.

      • lordjim

        fanboy?anti nolan comments?i really don´t care about batman or nolan that much , and after reading your response, i have to excuse myself:you are probably thirteen so i shouldn´t judge you, enjoy your masked friends, and don´t forget to grow up boy!

      • sense11

        you seem to care way too much, btw this is not the right website for calling people out for liking superhero entertainment.