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Director Josh Boone Promises 3-Hour, R-Rated 'The Stand'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 6, 2014 1:04 PM
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The Stand Josh Boone
Even though it was already made as a TV miniseries in the 1990s, Stephen King's epic "The Stand" has the sprawling scope befitting a big screen treatment. And indeed, Warner Bros. has been working hard trying to make it happen, with David Yates, Ben Affleck and Scott Cooper all mooted to direct at various points in the past. But earlier this year, the studio locked down the not quite obvious choice of "Stuck In Love" and "The Fault In Our Stars" director Josh Boone. And while this weekend sees him in weepy teen movie mode, the filmmaker promises to bring some big brass ones for this effort.

'A Monster Calls' For Liam Neeson, Evan Rachel Wood Is 'Facing The Wind' With Joe Berlinger & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 8, 2014 11:23 AM
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It looks like those rumors were true. Last month word emerged that Liam Neeson was being courted for a role in J.A. Bayona's "A Monster Calls," and the actor has now taken the gig. He joins Felicity Jones in the adaptation of the novel by Patrick Ness that will follow "the unexpected bond that develops between a young boy and a beast that visits him in nightmares.

Stephen King's 'The Stand' Gets Yet Another Director, Ruben Fleischer To Helm 'Overnight' & More

  • By Ben Brock
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  • February 26, 2014 9:44 AM
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The Stand Josh Boone
Say you're a studio executive at Disney, and you've got this script on your desk, a script called “Overnight.” It was pitched to you as “ 'Home Alone' in a toy store," with the story following a father and son, who've won a sleepover in a toy store, and defend it against burglars until morning comes—and now it needs a director.

'Out Of The Furnace' Director Scott Cooper Will No Longer Direct Stephen King's 'The Stand'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 20, 2013 6:42 PM
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Well, it was a brief affair, and one that ends like so many Hollywood relationships do, thanks to "creative differences" (just ask Joe Carnahan). Just three months after it found a new director after Ben Affleck exited the project, Warner Bros. will need to find someone else to direct "The Stand."

Ben Affleck Drops 'Tell No One,' Scott Cooper Takes Over 'The Stand'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 23, 2013 3:01 PM
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With many corners of the internet still absolutely aghast that Ben Affleck will play Batman in "Superman Vs. Batman" aka "Man Of Steel 2," the actor/writer/director is currently re-orienting his potential plate of directorial projects. As one might expect, the shoot for the "Man Of Steel" sequel will likely keep Affleck out of the game for a good chunk of 2014. Hell, he was previously slated to helm the adaptation of Dennis Lehane's "Live By Night" for release next year, but clearly, that's not going to happen. And now you can take a couple other directorial gigs off his slate.

Ben Affleck Has Options: 5 Of His In-Development Projects That He Could Do Next (Sorry, 'Justice League')

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 12, 2012 12:15 PM
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This time a decade ago, Ben Affleck was approaching the nadir of his career. 2002 might have seen him star in two well-regarded hits, "The Sum of All Fears" and "Changing Lanes," but the following year saw him headline three disappointments, "Daredevil," "Gigli" and "Paycheck," followed up the next year by the equally dreadful "Jersey Girl" and "Surviving Christmas."

Universal Pick Up Gus Van Sant/Matt Damon Drama; 'The Invasion' Scribe David Kajganich To Rewrite Ben Affleck's 'The Stand'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 19, 2012 9:01 AM
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No matter what they do, the fates of Matt Damon and Ben Affleck will always be tied together. Having arrived as hot new things at the same time thanks to writing and starring in "Good Will Hunting" together, and cemented as a partnership thanks to joint appearances in various Kevin Smith films, it's easy to forget that the duo haven't worked together since Damon cameoed in the ill-fated "Jersey Girl." The pair are planning to reunite down the line -- with a film about legendary Boston gangster Whitey Bulger and "The Trade" a movie about wife swapping ball players in the works -- but with those efforts seemingly still a way off, they've got their own concerns.

With David Yates Out, Warner Eyes Ben Affleck For Stephen King's 'The Stand'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 21, 2011 11:22 AM
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There is no doubt that Warner Bros. loves Ben Affleck. The actor/director has brought the studio critical acclaim with "The Town," and he's already behind the camera on his next effort for the studio "Argo." But before that film got underway, WB had already passed movies like "Man Of Steel" and "Gangster Squad" his way as potential projects, and while he turned those down, it looks like they've nabbed him for what will be his first bonafide tentpole picture.

David Yates Takes 'The Stand' With 'Harry Potter' Writer Steve Kloves Penning The Screenplay

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 11, 2011 2:32 AM
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What happens when you're behind some of the most beloved and successful 'Harry Potter' films in the massively successful franchise? When it's over, you get your pick of the litter. With "Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" now the highest grossing film of 2011 -- $1.1 billion in ticket sales worldwide and counting -- Warner Bros. is anxious to stay in the David Yates business. A couple of weeks ago it was reported that Yates was having a sit down with the studio and would be presented with four projects to consider: "Cicero," a mooted trilogy that would potentially star Tom Hardy as Al Capone; another potential trilogy in an adaptation of Stephen King's "The Stand" which has the WB teaming with CBS Films produce; "Fables," an adaptation of the Vertigo graphic novel centered around revamped fairy tale characters; and a big screen version of “This Is Where I Leave You” by Jonathan Tropper. Well, it looks like Yates has no problem returning to a sprawling franchise, only this time with a slightly older audience in mind.

Tom Hardy May Play Al Capone In David Yates' 'Cicero' (That May Turn Into A Trilogy)

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 15, 2011 3:25 AM
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Yates Also Considering Directing Stephen King's 'The Stand'Having spent the last four or five years deep in the world of "Harry Potter," making mad bank for Warner Bros. while delivering movies that have more than satisfied the legion of fans around the world, director David Yates and the studio are at an interesting crossroads. With lucrative franchise finished (for now), and with the Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy set to finish in 2012 with "The Dark Knight Rises," Warner Bros. is suddenly seeing two of their biggest moneymakers waving goodbye (though yes, they do have two "The Hobbit" films in their back pocket). Hoping that Yates can weave his magic on another property to get the money machine rolling, Yates is headed to Tinseltown this weekend to meet with honchos where he'll have his pick of the litter, and Vulture has the details on what he'll be considering.

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