The Stand still in the works

The Hollywood Reporter posted that Ben Affleck has set aside his work on The Stand  in  order to play Batman.  Fellow actor/filmmaking Scott Cooper, is now slated to rewrite the script and take over directorial duties. Mark Rozeman notes:
Needless to say, Affleck’s heavy schedule is the reason for his departure. Besides that whole Superman/Batman deal, Affleck is set to write, direct and star in an adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s novel Live By Night as well as play a lead role in David Fincher’s adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl
For his part, Cooper recently completed his follow-up to Crazy Heart, Out of the Furnace, which is scheduled for a limited release on Nov. 27 and stars ex-Batman Christian Bale, Woody Harrelson, Zoe Saldana and (in a nice twist) Ben Affleck’s brother Casey.


  1. I liked "Crazy Heart," and "Out of the Furnace" looks good, so Cooper would be fine by me.

    But I wish someone would wise up and just do this as a series on HBO. There's way too much story here. Doing it as a trilogy of three-hour movies MIGHT get the job done...but even that might be pushing it.

  2. I agree, series is the path. But a series with an end in sight.

    1. Absolutely. There's enough there that they could go 3-4 seasons purely on adapting what's in the novel. Maybe even longer.