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The Stand Adaptation

We ponder who would be up to the task of directing a cinematic adaptation of Stephen King's The Stand.

As long as humans have had sight, they’ve looked at the sun and the stars and wondered what lay beyond, in the vast black of space. They’ve also gazed in wonder at Stephen King’s greatest work, that totemic tome of post-apocalyptic fiction that is The Stand and wondered just who, of the current crop of wunderkind directors would direct the movie adaptation.

Desert by Ubub92 2012

To give context; a man-made virus ravages the population, killing all but a chosen few, who remain inexplicably unaffected. These survivors gather, in two separate groups, and square off in the desert.

It’s been adapted before, as a little-seen TV miniseries, but that counts for nought really. This is a big film, or maybe a big series of films, that would require a big director. One who can handle giant landscapes and the epic scale of the novel.

There’s a few who would be up to the task of making this film artistically credible, but mainstream – David Cronenberg, PT Anderson, Guillermo del Toro would all be exciting names for the marquee, but unfortunately they all seem to have pretty full dance-cards for the next few years.

Reports suggest that Ben Affleck turned down the movie; who can say why? Perhaps it’s because he didn’t feel up to the task, or maybe it’s down to him being seemingly hewn from wood. Either way, it’s a great novel that, in the right hands, could be a great film – it just seems to be taking a while to find that pair of hands.

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  • Hey Sam! I can't attach a feature picture to this post, is it something to do with my permission access on the new system? Best, Tom
  • Hey Sam, it's the new system, I'm just trying it out for my latest podcast episode with Greg Lucey and I'm trying to attach a picture - it uploads the picture and then says I don't have permission to attach it :(
  • Hi Tom, I'll look into this today. I think I already know what the issue is. It's because the media being uploaded is not associating itself to a post ID. Thank you for being my test dummy. At least this creation dialogue is working!!!
  • Hey Sam, I've tried again just now still the same issues I'm afraid :( I'd also look at the text editor I'm not sure if the texted/front is properly formatting at the moment (there's big gapes in the spacing, front size). If you want to jump around inside my draft and see what's what please do! I think I am going to use the legacy editor to upload today, but we can work  on testing and refining the new editor together :) Best, Tom

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