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Ben Affleck Top Choice to Adapt, Direct The Stand

October 24, 2011  |  11:38am
Ben Affleck Top Choice to Adapt, Direct <i>The Stand</i>

Stephen King’s novels have been adapted to films ranging from critically acclaimed and box office hits all the way to flops that missed on every level. Now that The Stand is planned to hit the silver screen, executives at Warner Bros. are looking for a writer and director to turn the classic post-apocalyptic novel into a movie.

Deadline reports that the studio has selected actor-director Ben Affleck to adapt and direct the film. Affleck is no stranger to adapting novels and then directing them. His two credits as director, Gone Baby Gone and The Town were both adapted from crime novels.

Though the 800-plus page adaptation is in the early planning stages and no agreement has been made yet, Affleck is the sole choice from the studio. He is currently directing Argo, and if a deal goes through The Stand will be his next project.

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