Ben Affleck to Direct ‘The Stand’

Warner Bros. is behind this adaptation of Stephen King’s apocalyptic best-seller.

Ben Affleck to direct The Stand
Ben Affleck to direct The Stand
Warner Bros. has settled on Ben Affleck as the director for their mammoth Stephen King adaptation, The Stand.

The Stand, which follows a group of survivors battling each other after a man-made plague wipes out most of humanity, was already turned into a ABC miniseries in May of 1994. Since that time, many attempts have been made to turn the epic page-turner into a stand-alone feature film, but its story length has proven troublesome. At one point, even Stephen King himself declared that the novel could not be contained within a single movie.

The Stand will certainly stand as a challenge for Ben Affleck, who is embarking on his third directorial feature with Argo. Both of his previous efforts, The Town and Gone Baby Gone, went onto gain much critical praise and support.

There is no set start date for The Stand, and Ben Affleck is not yet officially signed on.

The Stand is in development and stars Nat Wolff. The film is directed by Josh Boone.

Sources: Deadline

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  1. Nicholaus XX

    @thedude-abides -- Ha, that's the truth. He's building a huge directional line-up for himself, the real question is if he'll ultimately have the time to direct them all.

    3 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  2. Titanictom

    Yeh Right...Affleck isn't Speilberg or Cameron-I'm sure He'll stick to smaller budgeted Films!

    3 years agoby @titanictomFlag

  3. ejk1

    This would be difficult to do in one film, so I'm thinking it will be a film series. Affleck has been doing great work as a director, and this could definitely be a big notch in his belt if he executes well.

    3 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  4. Connect200

    This is great news. Ben Affleck is excellent as a director. The Town with the Dark Knight displayed a good way to perform a bank robbery. Something Takers got completely wrong. So I see nothing, but good things from this film. That's me guessing and cnt wait for a trailer.

    3 years agoby @Connect200Flag

  5. Cripple

    He would be superb for this.

    3 years agoby @crippleFlag

  6. RojoDiablo

    Great news imo!

    3 years agoby @rojodiabloFlag

  7. thedude-abides

    Line of Sight, Tell No One, Argo, and now this. One film at a time, Benny-boy.

    3 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  8. Timmy

    The dude has not let me down yet... in directing. i like it

    3 years agoby @timmyFlag

  9. bungalow359


    3 years agoby @bungalow359Flag

  10. CelluloidDreams

    Ben is doing pretty well for himself.....he found his nich and improved his craft!

    3 years agoby @2movieguysFlag


    @christina-montana - I'm thinking i was the only one ;)
    @skywise - I've always liked Ben as an actor, and i do agree with you on his bad choices. To me he just didn't know who was his target audience at the time, but i'm curious to see what he does with it. He's always been talking about getting back into science fiction after Daredevil, so when i saw this i wasn't surprised as must people.

    3 years agoby @Number1WolverineFlag

  12. WongFu


    3 years agoby @instead8909Flag

  13. CelluloidDreams

    Very cool....Ben has good eye for a director!!

    3 years agoby @2movieguysFlag

  14. Stansfield

    Great choice! He really has come a long way. Better director than actor though I still dig him as an actor. I am in agreement with most out there that this won't really work as one flick....we will see I suppose.

    3 years agoby @StansfieldFlag

  15. skywise

    He is not terrioble actor but i think he made some bad choices but watching him in movies like Hollywoodland and The Town i have hope that he can come back from all that bad press. However, like @Number1Wolverine and others mentioned below he is brilliant behind the cameras. He is a talented writer as well.

    3 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  16. skywise

    He has really been redeaming himself behind the cameras. This is a huge story and one that i absolutly love. I think this is a good film for him to really cut his teeth on. I mut say, i am pretty axcisted to hear this news.

    3 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  17. ChristinaM15

    @Number1Wolverine i think everyone feels that way lol

    3 years agoby @christina-montanaFlag

  18. Inga Chkoidze

    kargi xar

    3 years agoby @Inga-ChkoidzeFlag

  19. drexll


    3 years agoby @drexllFlag

  20. Summit10

    why not?

    3 years agoby @summit10Flag


    Is it just me or is Ben a better director then actor, i like him as an actor but this has awesome written all over it. This also makes me wonder how Daredevil would have been had he directed and acted in it.

    3 years agoby @Number1WolverineFlag

  22. K-Man

    Both an interesting & a good choice, I suppose. Affleck is on a role as a director, that's for sure, but this will definitely prove to be his hardest task yet. This will be much, much bigger than anything he has done before but, to be honest, I think he's ready. I'm pretty pumped to see what he does with it.....if he definitely signs on, that is.

    This was originally a project that was being circled by David Yates. In fact, I heard they were in serious negotiations and were planning a couples films, possibly even a the question now is: If Affleck accepts, what is Yates going to direct??? Yates also had the mobster film, Cicero, on his radar but I dont know if that is getting the green light or not. The point is, after seeing what he did with the latter Harry Potter films (which I thought were absolutely amazing), I really want Yates to do something extraordinary........and preferably in the Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Fiction genres.

    The other question is: Will The Stand still be several films or just one very, very condensed film?

    3 years agoby @k-manFlag

  23. Ownsin

    I'm A okay with this choice... He did an amazing job with gone baby gone and The Town!

    3 years agoby @ownsinFlag

  24. ZanyZap

    I'm down.

    3 years agoby @zanyzapFlag

  25. Jimthar

    sounds good to me. i'm digging afflecs directing.

    3 years agoby @jimtharFlag

  26. DuaneBarry

    And it should be a trilogy.

    3 years agoby @DuaneBarryFlag

  27. Ps2fatboy

    if he directs this im sure he will do a fine job, gone baby gone and the town were very good i prefer him as a director than actor .

    3 years agoby @ps2fatboyFlag

  28. DuaneBarry

    Sounds good to me. I hope to see Jeremy Renner as Stu Redman, Casey Affleck as Nick Andros, and Matt Damon as Randall Flagg. If Ben wants to be in it he should play Trashcan Man.

    3 years agoby @DuaneBarryFlag

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