‘The Stand’ Loses ‘Crazy Heart’ Director Scott Cooper

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The Stand The Stand Loses Crazy Heart Director Scott Cooper

Stephen King may be among the most recognizable authors of the past few decades, but that doesn’t mean that film projects based on his works have it any easier. For example, Ron Howard’s take on King’s The Dark Tower series has languished in development hell for years, despite Howard’s insistence that the project has never faded away completely.

Now it appears that the big-screen adaptation of King’s 1978 post-apocalyptic thriller The Stand is facing similar difficulties on its way to the big screen. Director David Yates and screenwriter Steve Kloves – the duo behind the last four Harry Potter films – was previously onboard the project, as was Academy Award-winning filmmaker (and future Batman) Ben Affleck. As it turns out, we can add another director to that list.

According to The Wrap, Scott Cooper – who directed Jeff Bridges to an Oscar win for Crazy Heart – is the latest filmmaker to drop out of The Stand. Warner Bros. brought Cooper on a few months ago to re-write the initial draft of the script by David Kajganich as well as direct the film, but “creative differences” reportedly brought development to a standstill. There’s no word yet on who the studio might get to take the reins of the project.

Jeff Bridges in Crazy Heart The Stand Loses Crazy Heart Director Scott Cooper

Cooper’s exit isn’t too surprising, considering that The Stand has a reputation as one of King’s more complex works. After all, both Affleck and King himself have acknowledged that adapting the 800+ page novel – which was previously brought to life as a 1994 television miniseries – is no easy task. Cooper’s career also appears to be on the rise, with his film Out of the Furnace hitting theaters next month.

Still, one would think that the success of this year’s Carrie remake – which has thus far earned $53 million worldwide against a $30 million production budget – would help expedite the development process for projects based on King works. In addition to The Stand, a Pet Sematary remake and a two-film It adaptation are on the way. The Screen Rant editorial team recently speculated on what other King remakes might be on the way, and at the moment, there’s every chance that a few more might hit theaters before The Stand.

Are you looking forward to The Stand, or are you more excited about another King adaptation? Who should Warner Bros. get to replace Cooper? Let us know in the comments.


Stay tuned to Screen Rant for the latest on The Stand as this story develops.

Source: The Wrap

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  1. It can only work as a trilogy. The book is epic, it can’t be done in a 2.5 hour movie unless you strip it to the bones (which would be besides the point).

    • AGREED. This story deserves to be treated with respect to the original text. Unlike that abomination of a TV show, “Under the Dome.” I wish people would take more care to stay true to source material…. just bring the story to life on screen. Don’t try to change what already works to put your own spin on it… or dumb it down to throw up a pecs of garbage that might sell some tickets.

    • Couldn’t agree with your more.

  2. What Fred said. The last adaptation was literally an all day event if you were going to watch it. It has to be a trilogy to be done any justice.

  3. Would love to see The Stand done on the epic scale it deserves. If ever a book deserved to be broken down into a series of movies it’s this one. I could see one dealing with the outbreak of Captain Trips and the fall of civilization. A second focused on the survivors making their way to Boulder and starting over. And a final film leading up to the confrontation/aftermath in Las Vegas.

  4. As they approach the project…just remember the outcome for Watchmen. A perfect example of how NOT to handle an epic story as a single movie.

  5. 2 film ‘IT’ adaption? AWeSoME!

  6. Arguably King’s best work (Where do you start trying pick the absolute best?) and absolutely deserves a trilogy setting…I’ve read it several times and pick up new details each time. Let the debate begin on who should play Flagg….