Stephen King adaptations can be tricky. The results can be extraordinary, like Frank Darabont’s Shawshank Redemption and Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, or they can be, shall we say, less than extraordinary, like Maximum Overdrive. The key seems to be finding a director with the vision to bring the prolific author’s words to life. Warner Bros. is hoping for just that as they peruse Ben Affleck to man a big screen adaptation of King’s 1978 epic The Stand, according to Deadline.
Originally published in 1978, The Stand is split among three stories, first the spread of a plague called Captain Trips that wipes out most of humanity, then a series of intersecting cross-country journeys, and finally the titular stand. The novel has been turned into a four-episode miniseries by ABC in 1994 directed by Mick Garris (who did the TV version of King’s The Shining) and also a series of five-issue miniseries from Marvel.
To say the project is large would be like saying the book itself is an easy, breezy read, but Warner Bros. seems to think that Affleck, who wowed viewers by writing and directing The Town last year and is now doing the same with Argo, has the chops to pull it off. The project is still very early in the planning stage, so things might change, but we’ve got hopes that the director and studio can work things out to bring King’s epic to life once again.
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