Ben Affleck Tapped To Adapt Stephen King's The Stand

Last we heard, Harry Potter repeat offender David Yates was the man in the frame for Warner Bros. long time coming, big screen adaptation of The Stand. As of now, however, they seem to have slated Yates and selected Ben Affleck as the chap with the right stuff to bring Stephen King’s hugely complex story to the screen.

Deadline admit that it’s early days, which seems to mean that this expensive project could fall by the wayside (cf. Ron Howard’s The Dark Tower, latterly Dark Pile of Rubble) but that “the studio loves Affleck.”

They’d have him script and direct, presumably as his fourth film after Gone Baby Gone, The Town and the in-production Argo. And maybe his fifth – this story isn’t going to fit in a single movie.

Maybe sixth too. And anybody fancy a seventh? Why not.

Chances are, you know something about The Stand already so I’m not going to slave over a hot new blurb and just steal from Amazon:

A rapidly mutating flu virus is accidentally released from a U.S. military facility and wipes out 99 and 44/100 percent of the world’s population, thus setting the stage for an apocalyptic confrontation between Good and Evil.

Think Contagion giving way to The Lord of the Rings. If Affleck signs it will be yet another sharp turn in an increasingly interesting and unpredictable career.

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