After last week’s major announcement that Ben Affleck will be playing Batman in the Man of Steel sequel (and potentially other future DC movies), a lot of people have been wondering what it will mean for his other upcoming projects, and in particular, the ones he was scheduled to direct. While it appears that the Batman deal will serve to strengthen his relationship with Warner Brothers, it does mean that some of his other projects are now being reshuffled as a result. He will still be starring in David Fincher’s Gone Girl, which will start production next month, and that will be followed by Man of Steel 2 / Batman vs. Superman or whatever they decide to call it. Then he will direct Live By Night, which is being eyed for a 2015 release. As for the planned adaptation of Stephen King’s The Stand, however, Ben Affleck has been forced to step away.
According to THR, Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart) will take over for Ben Affleck as the new director of The Stand. He will also rewrite the script, which was originally penned by David Kajganich (The Invasion). The movie is a co-production of Warner Brothers and CBS Films and they could not wait for Ben Affleck’s schedule to free up or else they would risk losing the rights to the book.
Cooper only has a couple of films to his name, but his first movie Crazy Heart won an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature and also nabbed Jeff Bridges an Oscar for Best Actor. His next film Out of the Furnace stars Christian Bale and Casey Affleck is scheduled to hit theatres in December. He may not have any experience with the horror genre, but he should be able to keep this post-apocalyptic tale focused on the characters. Are you disappointed that Affleck is out? Is Scott Cooper an interesting choice to direct The Stand?