Ben Affleck is the top choice to direct Stephen King's The Stand

Warner Bros offer him the job

According to a brief report by Deadline, Ben Affleck is the top choice to direct the movie adaptation of Stephen King's The Stand.

Harry Potter stalwart David Yates was once linked to the job, but it would appear that he has moved on.

Deadline reckons that Warner Bros are extremely keen on Affleck, who's currently working on politically accented period-piece Argo for the studio.

Affleck hasn't actually accepted the job yet, but the offer alone indicates his growing stature as a director.

His first two movies as a director (Gone Baby Gone, The Town) were Boston-set crime dramas, but he's keen to avoid typecasting, with Argo and now possibly The Stand: an epic-scale horror about a biological weapon that decimates the world's population.

The novel was previously adapted into a TV miniseries, broadcast in 1994.

If Affleck signs on, we'd also expect him to earmark a role for himself.

Are you keen to see Affleck grow as a director? Reckon he's got the right sensibilities for The Stand? Or is there too much novel for one movie? Your thoughts please!


    • Rytrospyk

      Oct 23rd 2011, 13:03

      I'm happy to see Ben directing, I prefer his directed films to most of the ones he's starred in anyway.

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    • Desperation

      Oct 23rd 2011, 14:30

      I think that could work pretty well actually. He's a terrible actor but i enjoyed Gone Baby Gone and The Town very much so i'm looking forward to seeing more of his directorial work.

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    • a7sox

      Oct 23rd 2011, 16:11

      I think he'd be a great choice to direct, but I also worry he'd do something silly. Like give himself the role of Stu

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    • scuzz80

      Oct 23rd 2011, 17:30

      I've really wanted to see a big budget adaptation for a long time. The book is heavily character driven and that is clearly going to play to Affleck's strengths as a director. I hope he signs on and is given the freedom to make this his own.

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