Ben Affleck Might Be Directing "The Stand"
It looks like the remake/re-adaptation of Stephen King's epic novel The Stand may have a director: Ben Affleck. The guy who consented to star in Gigli.
Kidding aside, Warner Brothers is reportedly interested in getting him on board, and he's not a bad choice! I loved Gone Baby Gone, where he demonstrated convincing character development and a keen eye for casting. And I haven't seen The Town, but I hear good things. A post-apocalyptic wasteland is a big step up from Boston (or is it?!), but I think Affleck has earned some good will.
Whatever he comes up with, it can't be any worse than the 1994 TV miniseries, which started off pretty strong before spiraling into a complete mess. I mean, that's me. Maybe you liked it. I didn't, so unless Affleck turns it into a musical starring Katy Perry, then it stands a good chance of being better.
The Stand is about a plague that devastates the planet, with the survivors drawn into a showdown between good and evil. The book was first released in 1978, before being reissued in 1990 as an "uncut" version, featuring material King had previously eliminated for the sake of brevity.
Affleck is currently directing Argo, about a CIA operative and a Hollywood makeup artist creating a fake movie to smuggle Americans out of Iran during the 1979 Tehran hostage crisis. So we don't have a sense of anything much, like if he's even definitely signed on or when the movie will start shooting or if Affleck will find a role for the star of the TV miniseries, Gary Sinise (yes please).
So let's start speculation about a cast! Affleck has worked with some pretty good and/or fun actors, but according to a cursory search of IMDB, only one has appeared in all three of his movies: Titus Welliver.
You heard it here first. The smoke monster from Lost will be Randall Flagg in Ben Affleck's The Stand.
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