Just a few months ago we heard that Harry Potter director David Yates may re-team with Potter screenwriter Steve Kloves for an adaptation of Stephen King’s 1974 novel The Stand, but now according to Deadline Ben Affleck has been chosen to write and direct the movie.
The Stand tells the story of a full-scale apocalypse, driven by the accidental release of a biological weapon and the ensuing struggle of good versus evil carried out by the world’s final survivors. The original version of the book was 823 pages long, but a “complete and uncut” edition was released in 1990 with a whooping 1,141 pages.
Going from David Yates to Ben Affleck in the space of a few months is an interesting scenario, as one is comfortable with grand fantasy movies, where as the other makes gritty thrillers such as Gone Baby Gone and The Town. A Yates and Kloves team-up seemed well suited as The Stand is a dark novel which could potentially take place over several films. They’ve covered all those areas (very well) with Potter, but their attention could have been diverted elsewhere (they are no doubt in demand), and Affleck is now up for the challenge.