“The Stand” has seen its fair share of directors come and go since the initial announcement that Stephen King’s post-apocalyptic horror film will receive the remake treatment. The struggle to find a director has been dragging on for almost four years. David Yates showed interest in directing the pic with “Harry Potter” screenwriter Steve Kloves tapped to pen script. Kloves and Yates departed back in October 2011 due to creative differences. Kloves was on board to write the potential trilogy and Yates felt it would work better as a miniseries.
Ben Affleck was also one of the hopefuls to helm the project. Affleck announced his departure in August since the casting news was announced that he will portray the caped crusader. In addition to his already full slate, he recently took on a new project with best bud Matt Damon to bring the comic book series “Sleeper” to the big screen. Scott Cooper took over from Affleck (briefly) but he also recently made a swift exit leaving the director’s chair vacant. Cooper is currently working with Producer Ridley Scott and Leonardo DiCaprio to wrap-up “Out of the Furnace” starring Christian Bale.
Now, Warner Bros. is apparently eyeing Paul Greengrass to serve behind the lens according to a recent report by Badassdigest.com. Additional reports suggest that If Greengrass is not up for the job, Warner Bross. is also considering Cary Fukunaga (Jane Eyre), Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners), and Daniel Espinosa (Safe House) as other possible candidates.
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).