Scott Cooper Expected to Replace Affleck as Writer/Director of Stephen King's The Stand

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Speaking of Ben Affleck…

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actor/director/future Caped Crusader has apparently left Warner Bros.’ and CBS’ planned feature film adaptation of Stephen King’s epic apocalypse novel The Stand. Fellow actor/filmmaking Scott Cooper, who directed Jeff Bridges to his Oscar-winning performance in Crazy Heart, is now primed to rewrite the script and take over directorial duties.

Needless to say, Affleck’s heavy schedule is the reason for his departure. Besides that whole Superman/Batman deal, Affleck is set to write, direct and star in an adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s novel Live By Night as well as play a lead role in David Fincher’s adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl.

For his part, Cooper recently completed his follow-up to Crazy Heart, Out of the Furnace, which is scheduled for a limited release on Nov. 27 and stars ex-Batman Christian Bale, Woody Harrelson, Zoe Saldana and (in a nice twist) Ben Affleck’s brother Casey.

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