MUMBAI: Warner Bros has set Scott Cooper to re-write
and direct The Stand, the seminal post-apocalyptic Stephen
King novel. That means that while the studio has roped
in Ben Affleck as its new Caped Crusader for Batman
vs Superman, Affleck has withdrawn from The Stand.
He had been set in late 2011 to write the script and
helm the project. Affleck is busy directing and starring
in his scripted adaptation of Dennis Lehane's Live
By Night for Warner Bros.
Warner Bros is teamed on the project with CBS Films,
which is co-producing and co-presenting and possibly
financing the project together. Dave Kajganich scribed
the first draft. Published in 1978, the mammoth novel
covered a biological apocalyptic disaster that decimated
the population. The survivors then had to try and piece
together a new form of humanity and it became a good
vs evil struggle, with elements of the supernatural
thrown in for good measure. King was at his best, both
in creating depictions of the demise of civilization
and in the arcs of characters good and bad who became
important in a new order.
Roy Lee and Mosaic are producing for Warners and Jon
Berg is the studio exec. Cooper is currently developing
Creek with Leonardo DiCaprio, and his next film,
Out Of The Furnace, is set to release 6 December.
That one was produced by Appian Way and Scott Free.
Cooper, the actor-turned-filmmaker who made his breakthrough
with the Jeff Bridges-starrer Crazy Heart, is
represented by CAA and attorney Darren Trattner.