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Will Ben Affleck Make The Stand?
Warners wants him for Stephen King pic

23 October 2011  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Deadline

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Will Ben Affleck Make The Stand?

It would seem that it’s all change behind the scenes of Warner Bros. and Vertigo Entertainment’s ambitious plan to adapt Stephen King’s The Stand into a multi-film epic. Back in August, it was reported that the studio was in talks with Harry Potter veterans Steve Kloves and David Yates to write and direct the movies, but their deals apparently never closed. Now the executives are trying to get Ben Affleck to take on the job.

You’ll recall that in King’s tale a virus kills off 99% of the world’s population, leaving a rag-tag group of survivors trying to make it in a brutal, post-apocalyptic world. And as if that wasn’t enough, they have to deal with troublemakers led by the demonic Randall Flagg.

Deadline is quick to make the point that no deals are in place right now, even though the studio is very high on the idea of Affleck – who has become a respected director in just two movies – taking the job. It remains to be seen whether he wants to step into such a huge project as only his fourth film (not to mention a possible commitment to future sequels).

Right now, he’s busy shooting hostage rescue drama Argo, and we’ll have to see if he actually makes a deal to tackle the King tale. Based on the history of adapting the book for the big screen, we could be in for a few more names floating around before it gets anywhere near cinemas.


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Affleck would OBVIOUSLY be Stu.
Would really suit the more restrained kind of acting he's been doing lately. I'd see Renner as Randall Flagg. I also think Affleck would do a great job of capturing the nostalgic Americana of the whole thing, as long as he has a good special effects advisor/team to steer him in that department. This is a damn fun film to dream cast! More

Posted by partybee at 11:50 on 25 October 2011 | Report This Post

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Posted by darko18 at 11:25 on 25 October 2011 | Report This Post

Casey Affleck as Nick Andros sounds spot on - how about his The Town co-star Jeremy Renner as Stu Redman? More

Posted by MattTheBadger at 16:46 on 24 October 2011 | Report This Post

Stand Up For Affleck
This would be a stretch for Ben Affleck and would be good for him to try a movie on this scale. I was very impressed with The Town. Now his old mate Matt Damon has done Contagion, might be time for Affleck to take on a global pandemic. More

Posted by BenTramer at 15:39 on 24 October 2011 | Report This Post

Casey Affleck as Nick Andros. Job done. More

Posted by darko18 at 11:52 on 24 October 2011 | Report This Post

It would have to be more than 1 movie. More

Posted by dee123 at 22:37 on 23 October 2011 | Report This Post

Interesting choice. I think Affleck could pull it off. He even might make a good Stu. More

Posted by Tristan at 22:13 on 23 October 2011 | Report This Post

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