The Hollywood Reporter
The more I hear about the adaptation of Stephen King’s The Stand from novel to motion picture, the more I become convinced that it’s one of those things that just never going to happen.
The film has been talked about since the 1980s, with King originally wanting George Romero to direct. Since then, an increasingly frustrating series of unfortunate events has played out, which has just seen another filmmaker leaving the helm.
As per The Hollywood Reporter, director Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart) has fallen off The Stand, joining the previously departed Ben Affleck and David Yates. Cooper was going to write and direct the film, and no official word has been given as to why he got cold feet. Sources say either creative differences or a disagreement about the film’s rating are to blame. Cooper apparently wanted an R rating, while Warner Bros. is pushing for a PG or PG-13.
The studio is said to be moving fast to find a replacement, and the names being thrown out as possibilities range from Cary Fukunaga and Paul Greengrass to Daniel Espinosa and Denis Villeneuve.
The Stand is a story of good vs. evil after a virus wipes out most of the American population. It features dozens of characters (including such memorable ones as the Trashcan Man and Mother Abigail) and overlapping storylines running over many years as it tells of a group of survivors fighting the Antichrist-like Randall Flagg.
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