Ben Affleck Offers An Update On THE STAND; "We're Having A Very Hard Time"

Crowned "Filmmaker of the Year 2012" by GQ Magazine, Ben Affleck talks here about the current status of his big screen adaptation of Stephen King's The Stand and also answers whether he would consider working with Michael Bay again. The short version? No!

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By Josh Wilding - 11/16/2012

In a lengthy and fascinating interview with GQ Magazine, Ben Affleck has confirmed that he still working to bring Stephen King's The Stand to the big screen. The film has been plagued by various problems, but it's thought that the plan is to still adapt it into a film trilogy and TV miniseries. Regardless, the director of The Town and Argo hasn't given up on bringing the epic novel to life in a manageable form. "Right now we're having a very hard time. But I like the idea—it's like The Lord of the Rings in America. And it's about how we would reinvent ourselves as a society. If we started all over again, what would we do?" Talk later turned to his collaboration with Michael Bay on Pearl Harbour (a film described by some as the worst thing to happen to America since Pearl Harbour) and when he was asked about whether he would consider working with Bay again, Affleck was quick to dismiss that notion right away. "Uh, I don't have any interest in engaging in that sort of speculation." So, I guess that means "no" to a role in Transformers 4 then?

Source: GQ
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DoctorDoak - 11/16/2012, 5:13 PM
Ben's proving to be a great director. I can't wait to see where this goes.
Parker2017 - 11/16/2012, 5:19 PM
sounds interesting!! :3 This will be epic!!
DEATHbyEXILE - 11/16/2012, 5:45 PM

GothamByGaslight - 11/16/2012, 5:57 PM
-They're adapting it into a film AND a miniseries? I thought that was the plan for The Dark Tower when that was still in the cards, not The Stand? Interesting.

-Harbour?

-Doesn't sound like Affleck's giving a definitive "no" to working with Bay again at all. All it sounds like is he's sick of answering questions like that. Not engaging in speculation = not giving fuel to gossip rags/blogs. He didn't even answer the question.
maxxgone - 11/16/2012, 6:27 PM
this is gonna be stuck in development hell just like the dark tower. its too bad, cuz this one could be epic with affleck behind the lens.
xNightwingx - 11/16/2012, 6:37 PM
In no way does that mean he doesn't want to work with Bay again. Quit making shit up.
YOUNGBL00D - 11/16/2012, 6:57 PM
You guys are being very harsh on Afleck, he's been in a couple of stinkers, but you can't blame it on it him, sometimes people forget that the script of the movie can really drove the movie down and it has nothing to do with the actor sometimes. Afleck has proved himself in the directors chair three times, and in each of his movies he displayed terrific acting. I think he could very well handle this project.............. :)
mk - 11/16/2012, 7:42 PM
tbh i liked pearl harbor but anyways The Stand will be good since Affleck is really a superb director
Kalel219 - 11/16/2012, 10:49 PM
@TankD

Given how much the TF movies make, there clearly is people who like and are asking for more of them
FoxForce5 - 11/17/2012, 12:51 AM
Finally saw Argo this past week and Afleck did another amazing job, both as actor and director! Oscars for that film will be well deserved! As such, I don't imagine we'll ever see him doing crap like Pearl Harbor or Rain Deer Games (or even a Dare Devil level film) again. He's grown way too much as a filmmaker and I really hope to see him branching out with something like The Stand.

And for the record, I just have to quote Matt Stone and Trey Parker and say, "Pearl Harbor sucked".
loki668 - 11/17/2012, 1:31 AM
"I miss you more than Michael Bay missed the mark, when he made Pearl Harbor. I miss you more than Michael Bay missed the point, and that's an awful lot girl. And now, all I can think about is your smile (and that shitty movie, too.) Because Pearl Harbor sucked.....and I miss you."

Greatest. Love song. Ever.

Lord Loki has spoken


Ichaos - 11/17/2012, 3:03 AM
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rocky - 11/17/2012, 6:50 AM
Not engaging in speculation = NO?
I'm not making that jump
FoxForce5 - 11/17/2012, 9:00 AM
@ loki668: :-D
bbarber2323 - 11/17/2012, 10:21 AM
God I hate this Lord Loki moron...
loki668 - 11/18/2012, 12:09 AM
@WesleyGibson

I actually stay awake at night and wonder: "Oh, I do so hope that bbarber2323 likes me. It would mean the world to me if this anonymous person didn't hate me." It's quite alright if someone doesn't like me, as it takes all kinds of people in this world. "Hate" is a very strong word to use, however. It makes me wonder what words he would have left to use in case he actually came across something he truly disliked. Don't worry your pretty, little, head, bbarber2323. I'm sure that if we came to know each other, and spent quality time together, I would still be just as indifferent to your opinion of me.


Lord Loki has spoken
Rowsdower - 11/18/2012, 8:26 AM
"It's like The Lord of the Rings in America"

?

As in The Lord of the Rings wasn't as famous in America as it was in the UK?

WHAT?
GothamByGaslight - 11/18/2012, 11:45 AM
As in - he believes it's a story of that scope in a contemporary American setting.

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