Warner Bros. has been trying to get Stephen King's big screen adaptation of The Stand into development for years. Both Ben Affleck and Scott Cooper were attached to direct it, but both have dropped out. Now, according to Badass Digest, the studio is looking to bring on Bourne franchise director Paul Greengrass to take it on. According to their sources, he's on the top of the studio's wish list.
The book tells the ultimate story of good vs. evil after a virus wipes out most of the population. The story features dozens of characters and overlapping storylines running over many years, but the struggle boils down to a group of survivors fighting the Antichrist-like Randall Flagg.
Greengrass is a solid director that has made some great films, but I don't think this kind of film really fits his directing style. I want to see the movie get made, I just don't think Greengrass can give the story the adaptation that it needs. I could be wrong, but I don't think he can give it the right vibe. He most recently directed Captain Phillips.
What do you think about the possibility of Greengrass taking on this film?
Here's a description of the book:
When a man escapes from a biological testing facility, he sets in motion a deadly domino effect, spreading a mutated strain of the flu that will wipe out 99 percent of humanity within a few weeks. The survivors who remain are scared, bewildered, and in need of a leader. Two emerge--Mother Abagail, the benevolent 108-year-old woman who urges them to build a community in Boulder, Colorado; and Randall Flagg, the nefarious "Dark Man," who delights in chaos and violence.