Affleck takes "The Stand"
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Affleck takes "The Stand"

25 Oct – It's evident that Ben Affleck's stature as a director is being recognised, because Warner Bros. has expressed their interest on the man as the director for their mammoth Stephen King adaptation, "The Stand", according to Movie Web.

Affleck's slide into the directorial chair would be Warner Bros.' alternative to "Harry Potter" veteran, David Yates.

It would not be the first adaptation of King's novel. Previously, "The Stand" has already been turned into an ABC miniseries in May of 1994, which follows a group of survivors struggling to rebuild a democratic society after a man-made plague wipes out 99% of the population. To make matters worse, the group has to deal with a group of ruffians led by Randall Flagg.

"The Stand" will certainly be a departure for Affleck, whose directorial efforts include "The Town" and "Gone Baby Gone", both of which gained much critical praise and support. However, Affleck is now embarking on his third directorial feature, "Argo", which is unlike his previous crime-dramas.

The challenge stems from the length of King's epic page-turner, whose length has made it almost impossible for a translation to a stand-alone feature film. At one point, even King himself declared that the novel could not be contained within a single movie.

Currently, no dates have been confirmed for the production of "The Stand", and Affleck is not yet officially signed on.

"The Stand" is due for U.S. theatres in 2013. No official release date has been set for Malaysia and Singapore as yet.


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