A new adaptation of Stephen King’s The Stand has been in the works at Warner Brothers for a very long time. Harry Potter director David Yates was the first to try and adapt the story into a new movie, and he bailed after admitting he couldn’t figure out how to turn the book into a satisfying film. Then Ben Affleck came onboard, and he too admitted defeat and pulled out.
Just last week, Crazy Heart and Out of the Furnace director Scott Cooper also pulled out, claiming “creative differences” between him and Warners, and right now it is not looking likely that this adaptation will ever see the light of day. Cooper was close, and even spoke about his ideas just a few days before leaving the project, but now Warners are desperately looking for a new director.
A report over as BadAssDigest claims that Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips, The Bourne films) is at the top of Warners wishlist, and that they are hoping to bag Greengrass as director. If this turns out to be true, and Greengrass takes the job, it could be very interesting.
The Stand deals with strong, down to earth emotions as the world is left shattered, and only a small amount of survivors are left. Greengrass could handle this side of the story well, and has a proven track record when it comes to delivering heavy drama. However, the dark forces, and the spiritual side of the story (including the intervention of God) might be out of Greengrass’ comfort zone, and this is where the director would either surprise everyone and deliver, or fail. To be, Greengrass is not a director to get things wrong (let’s forget Green Zone), and should he take on such a huge project as this, he just might do something amazing with it.
It’s early days though, and the reports also states that the adaptation has no idea how big, or how many movies it will be (remember the massive six hour made for TV movie from 1994), and there are talks of this being at least two movies. Apparently there is not even a proposed rating for the adaptation, so should Greengrass come onboard, he will be picking things up from the very start, and could pretty much do as he pleases.
Synopsis for the TV movie:
When a government-run lab accidentally lets loose a deadly virus, most of the population of the world is wiped-out. Survivors begin having dreams about two figures: a mystical old woman, or a foreboding, scary man. As the story tracks various people, we begin to realize that the two figures exemplify basic forces of good and evil, and the stage is set for a final confrontation between the representatives of each.