Ben Affleck is Having a “Very Hard Time” With ‘The Stand’
Last October it was reported that Ben Affleck had signed on to direct a film adaptation of Stephen King’s ‘The Stand’ — a post-apocalyptic story about the nature of good and evil and the ways in which those ideas take hold in a group of survivors following the government’s accidental unleashing of a deadly virus. The novel was first published in 1978 and was adapted as a made-for-TV mini-series starring Gary Sinise and Molly Ringwald in 1994.
Right now we’re having a very hard time. But I like the idea — it’s like ‘The Lord of the Rings’ in America. And it’s about how we would reinvent ourselves as a society. If we started all over again, what would we do?
That’s a pretty apt comparison. Writer David Kajganich (‘Invasion’) is currently scripting ‘The Stand’ for Affleck, but until they get everything sorted out, Affleck is working on his next film — an adaptation of the Dennis Lehane novel ‘Live By Night.’