Warner Bros has apparently settled on actor-turned-director to direct Stephen King’s doorstop of a novel . . .

Latest word from Hollywood has it that the studio has decided on Affleck to direct the Stephen King novel.

Although Affleck has directed two critically acclaimed movies (The Town and Gone Baby Gone) and is working on his third, namely Argo which is about American efforts to free hostages in Iran, The Stand should be quite a challenge for any film-maker.

The source novel clocks in at 1 400 plus pages and is probably better suited for a miniseries rather than a movie (in fact it had already been made into an ABC miniseries in May of 1994 starring Gary Sinise and Rob Lowe amongst others).

The story involves a monumentally devastating plague which leaves only a few survivors who, while experiencing dreams of a battle between good and evil, move toward an actual confrontation as they migrate to Boulder, Colorado.

Ben Affleck hasn’t been officially signed on yet though.

The movie is set for a 2013 release.

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  • dufffromsweeden

    To all who have worked sot hard to remove stephen king from the allegiant inner circle or in itself “hollywood” -fuck you. Immediately comes across egotistical, narrow minded, and thats why this movie is a bust. Heres a riddle what do you get when you take a book the size of the lord of the rings and shorten it for a film so that the whole book fits into (at best) 2 and a half hours and than add a actor who stars and directs in said movie and hasnt ever directed a movie like this, that i know of (probably not) and a big plus he could ironically cast all his friends in it who are not fit for ANY of the characters. This is pathetic. If king were whoever there looking for. We would be seeing alot better movies.

    p.s If warner bros. or ben affleck or… Is leaving mother abagail out… your plastic.

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