Since the initial news broke that Ben Affleck was looking to direct The Stand, we haven’t heard much about the project moving forward. Now it is being reported a new writer has been hired to adapt the 1000+ page novel from Stephen King.
Vulture reports that Ben Affleck has hired writer David Kajganich to work on the script. Kajganich has previously written the screenplay for The Invasion and is said to have impressed Warner Bros. with a new adaptation of Stephen King's IT. Affleck is currently associated with multiple projects as both a director and actor. It is unknown how serious he is about The Stand at this time and it doesn't seem like Warner Bros. is in a rush to get this film off the ground.
We'll keep an eye out for additional news regarding the project. For those that haven't read the book or watched the miniseries, here is a brief synopsis: “The Stand is a story of good vs. evil after a virus wipes out most of the American population. While it features dozens of characters (such as the Trashcan Man and Mother Abigail) and overlapping story lines running over many years, the struggle boils down to a group of survivors fighting the Antichrist-like Randall Flagg.”