Ben Affleck’s transition from an actor-who-directs to a director-who-acts just took another interesting step today. With Oscar-bait The Town and Gone Baby Gone under his belt — and the period thriller Argo currently underway — Deadline is reporting that Warner Bros. is keen on hiring Affleck to direct its feature film adaptation of Stephen King’s epic tome The Stand.
That could honestly mean anything. Heck, I’m keen on having Kauai be the location of my vacation home; doesn’t mean anything in this sentence is going to happen. (When reached by EW, Warner Bros. and Affleck’s rep had no comment.) And it’s not like Affleck’s plate is all that empty — he’s been attached to a film of Harlan Coben’s Tell No One, and the action-thriller Line of Sight. (Also: His wife Jennifer Garner is expecting their third child.) But the fact that Affleck is even under consideration to helm The Stand is a good sign for fans eager to see King’s book make it to theaters. Warner Bros. announced its co-production with CBS Films last January, but mum’s pretty much been the word on any major developments since then.
In the meantime, King’s oeuvre has been very much a hot potato in Hollywood: Universal famously scuttled its wildly ambitious TV-and-movie adaptation of King’s The Dark Tower; MGM hired a screenwriter to adapt a new version of Carrie; Showtime is developing Under the Dome as a possible series with Steven Spielberg exec producing; and Silence of the Lambs filmmaker Jonathan Demme snapped up the rights to King’s impending novel 11/22/63 (an excerpt from which you can read in this week’s issue of EW).
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