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02:59 PM on 11/17/12 
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Looks like Ben Affleck is working on an adaptation of Stephen King's The Stand

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The task of turning Stephen King’s The Stand into a feature-length movie has long been viewed as a difficult one at best (a near-insurmountable challenge at worst), for one simple reason: the original book – which varies from 800-1100 pages long, depending on the edition – is divided into three segments which could each suffice as an individual film on its own (amusingly, it’s the opposite of the dilemma facing Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy, where one book is stretched over three films).
Ben Affleck was recruited by Warner Bros. a year ago to help screenwriter David Kajganich (Blood Creek) condense King’s tome into a manageable size, with the plan for Affleck to direct. The Oscar-winner has since been linked to other projects – and with good reason, given the (lack of) progress being made on The Stand.


For the uninitiated, King’s novel is composed of three sections. The first (“Captain Trips”) details the collapse of our civilization as the result of a human-engineered super flu; the second (“On the Border”) picks up in a post-apocalyptic wasteland where the few survivors rally around two spiritual leaders (one for good, the other evil); the third segment (“The Stand”) chronicles the final confrontation between the dual human camps, in a battle that will determine the future of our world. Here is what Affleck had to offer GQ about adapting all three portions of The Stand:
“Right now we’re having a very hard time,” he says. “But I like the idea—it’s like The Lord of the Ringsin America. And it’s about how we would reinvent ourselves as a society. If we started all over again, what would we do?”

http://screenrant.com/ben-affleck-st...g-stand-movie/
12:17 PM on 11/18/12 
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Yeah his endings tend to weird, but it's a lot of fun getting there.
12:39 PM on 11/18/12 
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I fall more into the 'awful' camp than 'weird'. I like his writing, but the stupid, stupid dues ex machina supernatural bullshit he always cobbles together to tie everything up leave me hating the story more than I enjoyed it.

I would rather him leave his endings more ambiguous than 'oh, it was really an alien sent by God who fixed everything by wishing it back to normal' or whatever his end is on whatever book.
I agree with you to a point, though I don't feel it ruins the stories. When they do end that way (and it's often, but not always), I cope with it. I think he bases his writing off a premise and a cast, then kind of lets them work into a natural zenith in the problem, then introduces some new supernatural device to resolve it.
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Not at all what I pictured, but that would rule.
06:40 PM on 11/24/14 
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I could have sworn that was announced a couple months ago.

For a second I thought he was Stu, which would also have been great
07:31 PM on 11/24/14 
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It's weird looking back at how things have gone with this movie for the last two years.

Also, I saw Interstellar last night and there's a copy of The Stand on the bookshelf in it. Pretty cool coincidence... or hint.
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How would people feel about Jared Leto as Larry? I'm not done with the book yet, but it just occurred to me that he'd be great for it.
06:24 PM on 11/27/14 
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That's not bad

Still think Amy Adams would be a perfect Frannie
Fran should be early-mid 20s though (unless there's a time jump I haven't reached... I'm a bit over halfway)



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