Or The Stand, actually. Ben Affleck (The Town…though it’s kind of like DiCaprio, I shouldn’t have to tell you.) will write and direct this remake of Stephen King’s gigantic novel for Warner Bros. He’s recently made several flicks for them, like The Town and Gone Baby Gone, but this one will test his abilities.
The Stand is gritty. Really gritty. And while both of Affleck’s recent endeavors are certainly gravelly in their own right, The Stand is a post-apocalyptic fingers-against-blackboard thrill ride. In 1994, Gary Sinise (CSI) and Molly Ringwald (Sixteen Candles) starred in a TV miniseries adaptation.
A government facility loses control of a virus that wipes out most of the population. Survivors begin having dreams about an old woman and a scary man; the former is a representative of God, the latter of the Devil (or might even BE him). The battle between good and evil commences. The series was four episodes long.
Taking a novel the size of The Stand for adaptation into a movie is like attempting Atlas Shrugged in one flick. Parts might be better, like Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Fans will either really love or really hate it either way, since that’s the beauty and downfall of novel adaptations. All we should ask for is that it be well-done; there’s no way you’ll get every little detail in there.
Personally, I’m not sure Affleck has it in him. However, there’s no denying his talent, and I have faith.