With Stephen King’s ‘The Stand’ jumping through a few directors lately many of us have wondered why Scott Cooper (‘Out of the Furnace’, ‘Crazy Heart’) left the director’s chair right after Ben Affleck left. Well, it looks like we’re finally going to find out and for a nice change it has nothing to do with studio pressure or internal drama. It actually boiled to the story being “a tough story to crack.”
What is interesting is that Scott felt the same as Affleck did that the series should be told as a trilogy such as ‘Lord of the Rings’ and not a stand alone film as it sounds like he was meant to be.
“Yeah, I’ve moved on. It was a great process of connecting with Mr. [Stephen] King. It’s a great piece, but it’s a tough story to crack in one telling. It really should probably be told not unlike The Lord of the Rings, so you could really do justice to such a great piece of material. He’s a great guy and so supportive, but if you’re going to take something on like that, you want to make sure you get it right.”
So while it wasn’t studio pressure, it is from the studio wanting to do this book as a one shot film. It seems as if Josh Boone (‘Stuck in Love’ ,’The Fault in Our Stars’) is comfortable with this take of a single feature, but we’ll see what happens as time goes on.
Do you think that the story of ‘The Stand’ can be told in a single movie? Or is this an epic piece of King’s work that really needs multiple movies or an ongoing series to truly capture? Share your thoughts below!