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It has been reported for a while now that Ben Affleck is in the development stage of the Steven King post-apocalyptic world epic “The Stand”. The latest reports suggest that Director Scott Cooper is in early talks to replace Ben Affleck at the helm. It is unfortunate that Affleck will not continue with the project however Scott Cooper is more than adequate to find a seat behind the lens.

Also see: Another Director Eyed for ‘The Stand’, Josh Boone in Talks

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The book is dedicated to Stephen King’s wife, Tabitha: “For Tabby: This dark chest of wonders.”

Cooper is currently working with Producer Ridley Scott and Leonardo DiCaprio to wrap-up “Out of the Furnace” starring Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, Woody Harrelson, Zoe Saldana, Forest Whitaker, Willem Dafoe and Sam Shepard. The news that actor / director Ben Affleck has left the project does not really come as a surprise, his commitment to starring in “Gone Girl” and yesterday’s news that he is playing Batman in “Man of Steel 2”, should take up most of his time.

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“The Stand” was nominated for the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel in 1979 (picture courtesy of Marvel.com)

Originally published in 1978 (and re-released in 1990), “The Stand” tells the story of a post-apocalyptic world resulting from a virus which wiped out most of Earth’s population. The main focus is on a single group of survivors and their good vs. evil battle against Randall Flagg, a demonic figure who wreaks havoc (the character also appears in various other King books). David Kajganich (The Invasion) will pen the script.

No cast members are attached, “The Stand” comes to theaters in 2013.