Ben Affleck to Take The Stand?

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Ben Affleck to Take The Stand?There’s a bit of news coming in that has us all scratching our heads. Could Ben Affleck of all people be in line to direct Warner Brothers’ next adaptation of the classic Stephen King tale The Stand? Read on for details.

According to Deadline Warner Bros. has chosen Ben Affleck to adapt and direct The Stand, Stephen King’s mammoth apocalyptic book. Affleck has become a cornerstone director for the studio, but this would be his greatest challenge yet. Even King has been reticent about the idea of making a feature of his book, which previously was turned into a miniseries.

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  • jkincer

    The mini-series felt a bit rushed (not holding the cuts made to the story for TV rating against it) and could have used another episode or two to completely flesh it out. That being said, how can any director be expected to cram 8-10 hours (if given the proper R rated treatment) into a 2 1/2 hour movie? I don’t think Affleck is horrible choice for the gig, but I don’t think the ghost of Alfred Hitchcock could take a 1100+ page novel and condense it down to a single movie that didn’t just feel like a trailer.

    Maybe if they gave it the Lord Of The Rings treatment and sent the cast and crew to some island country for five years to make a series of films this could work.

    The Stand would make a great AMC/Showtime/HBO series. You could get three to four seasons easy out of it with very little extra fluff added in.

  • Vanvance1

    It’s already been made! Why make it again? ARGH!

    [Bangs his head against the wall.]

  • alphawolf01

    out to be interesting thats for sure

  • DavidFullam

    If butt face remains behind the camera, I’m okay with it.

  • Sirand

    Affleck is an AMAZING director. I think he’d knock The Stand out of the park.

  • aliensharkboy

    I agree with theGoldenSimatar, I’m only half way through the miniseries (Why’d they call it a miniseries when it’s 6 hours long!), but I’d be intrested in seeing a newer version of “The Stand”.

    • G.D.

      “Why’d they call it a miniseries when it’s 6 hours long!”

      Um seriously? Is six hours a long time to you? Compared to short cable seasons of 12 or 13 hours? Or the average network season of 22 to 24 hours?

      • aliensharkboy

        LOL Nah, I know, I know, I was just making a bad joke to how it’s called a MINIseries and it’s 6 hours, wasn’t it in 4 parts when it first aired?

  • theGoldenSimatar

    To be honest, I think Affleck is a very solid director. ‘Gone Baby Gone’ and ‘The Town’ are phenominal and showcases Affleck has the ability not only to direct action; but more importantly character and story. I never found The Stand a scary story, it was basically an epic drama. If David Lean was around, I would almost chose him to direct.

    He’s certainly an unlikely choice but sometimes the most unlikely choice can do some surprising things. Casting against type for actors I think can work for director’s too. I’m totally up for seeing a poster with FROM MASTER OF HORROR STEPHEN KING AND THE DIRECTOR OF GONE BABY GONE & THE TOWN gracing the multiplex.