Deadline reveal that Ben Affleck will direct The Stand, a movie based on the best-selling novel by Stephen King. Despite previous reports that Harry Potter‘s David Yates would reunite with writer Steve Kloves for an adaptation of the novel, the site make no mention of either of them, stating only that Affleck is the studios choice to direct what is sure to be a difficult undertaking for the acclaimed director. With many believing that he decided to pass on Man of Steel because of the pressures which come with bringing a big budget blockbuster to the big screen, it’s unclear what made him decide to take this project on. There’s also some buzz that the actor will star in the movie as “Stu Redman”.
Here is the mysterious synopsis for The Stand.
This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death.
And here is the bleak new world of the day after: a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides — or are chosen. A world in which good rides on the frail shoulders of the 108-year-old Mother Abigail — and the worst nightmares of evil are embodied in a man with a lethal smile and unspeakable powers: Randall Flagg, the dark man.