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Ben Affleck top choice for directing The Stand
Posted by Patrick Sauriol on Saturday, October 22, 2011
In completely unexpected news, word breaks that actor-turned-decent director Ben Affleck has been "chosen" to direct the big screen version of Stephen King's The Stand. Now I'll allow you a moment to pick your jaw up from the desk.
Affleck has rejuvinated his career with two strong directoral jobs, Gone Baby Gone and The Town. He's currently shooting Argo, based on the Iranian hostage crisis of 1979.
What's really ususual about Affleck being chosen to direct The Stand is that he's proven his ability to direct gripping dramas. While The Stand could be seen in a dramatic light, it's more classified as a supernatural horror/thriller. I'm not saying that Affleck couldn't make a good movie of The Stand, but it's an unusual choice for him for his next career move.
And what happened to Harry Potter director David Yates directing Warner Bros.' Stand movie? It was only two months ago when we heard that was the direction the movie studio wanted to take. The deal between WB and Yates must have not worked out, but did screenwriter Steve Kloves sign to adapt King's apocalyptic novel? And will that be the script that Affleck directs his movie from?