WB Wants Ben Affleck To Direct THE STAND, But Ben Affleck Wants To Direct A Whitey Bulger Biopic!
Three days after breathlessly reporting that Warner Bros. had chosen Ben Affleck to direct the big-screen adaptation of Stephen King's THE STAND, Deadline's Mike Fleming is now reporting that Ben Affleck has chosen to direct a biopic about notorious Boston mobster Whitey Bulger starring his pal Matt Damon and brutha Casey Affleck. And since Affleck actually went on the record for Fleming's latest article, I'd place my money on the untitled Bulger biopic being the director's next film after the currently-in-production (and potentially awesome) ARGO.
This is not to say Affleck isn't holding out for a bigger payday or budget on THE STAND. I mean, now that he knows he's the studio choice, he does have some leverage. There's no reason to rush into the Bulger film (which will be written by BOARDWALK EMPIRE creator and former SOPRANOS writer Terence Winter), but THE STAND will almost certainly be a huge production and, depending on how they attack the story, could take Affleck off the market for a few years.
It'll be interesting to see how this plays out over the coming weeks/months. Unless they're going to seriously rework the last act of THE STAND, I'm much more excited for the Whitey Bulger flick. And even if they do rework THE STAND... honsetly, give me Bulger.
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Oct. 24, 2011, 1:41 p.m. CST
by golden tribw
Oct. 24, 2011, 1:43 p.m. CST
by andrew flynn
im sorry but the town and gone baby gone, arent godfather and scarface, lets be real here.
Oct. 24, 2011, 1:50 p.m. CST
Oct. 24, 2011, 1:51 p.m. CST
Oct. 24, 2011, 1:55 p.m. CST
I mean...seriously. How many ways can we look at terrible people being terrible to other people? What could possibly make this have any value, and cover any territory that hasn't been done to death (pardon the expression) by Scorsese (classy movies about trashy people) or Tarantino (trashy movies about even more trashy subjects)?
Oct. 24, 2011, 1:56 p.m. CST
by nolan bautista
make the Bulger character Randall Flagg..
Oct. 24, 2011, 1:57 p.m. CST
It was called The Departed.
Oct. 24, 2011, 2 p.m. CST
I don't want him near The Stand
Oct. 24, 2011, 2:03 p.m. CST
Yes, but his boyfriend Matt was in The Departed, and Benny didn't get to be in it. So now he wants to do it too. Like a 2 yr old when he sees another kid playing with his toy.
Oct. 24, 2011, 2:04 p.m. CST
Nicholson's character was based on Whitey Bulger...I love Matt Damon, but this territory seems to familiar for him now.
Oct. 24, 2011, 2:15 p.m. CST
by Judge Briggs
They are pretty lame and anti-climatic. Truth.
Oct. 24, 2011, 2:16 p.m. CST
by Judge Briggs
The Aintitcool.com talkback system probably has the most outdated system on the entire internets.*
Oct. 24, 2011, 2:24 p.m. CST
by Bass Ackwards
Other than the two other Whitey projects in production. Affect either makes this flick now or gets beaten to the punch and never makes it (I'd be fine wit either scenario).
Oct. 24, 2011, 2:35 p.m. CST
Go ahead. Compare them and tell me I'm wrong.
Oct. 24, 2011, 2:45 p.m. CST
But I'd really like to see him branch out and try something bigger and more fantastic. Hopefully he'll want to do THE STAND, anyway.
Oct. 24, 2011, 2:47 p.m. CST
Oct. 24, 2011, 2:49 p.m. CST
by Orbots Commander
....I do admit that the climax of The Stand left much to be desired. It's very literally a deus ex machina that resolves the conflict. It's a jaw droppingly silly way to end an up-to-that-point fine thriller.
Oct. 24, 2011, 2:50 p.m. CST
Who has the balls to do that one, huh?
Oct. 24, 2011, 3 p.m. CST
by Return of the Gebbeth
....you know, that little movie that finally won him an Academy Award??
Oct. 24, 2011, 3:01 p.m. CST
by Iowa Snot Client
in Elvis & Nixon. He'll be skinny Elvis; fat Elvis is CGI.
Oct. 24, 2011, 3:02 p.m. CST
Oct. 24, 2011, 3:14 p.m. CST
Although, he needs to be broken out of his cell more often...and if I'm being honest, he's more of a Pinky Bulgerette.
Oct. 24, 2011, 3:15 p.m. CST
Oct. 24, 2011, 3:24 p.m. CST
by Nasty In The Pasty
It's time for Affleck to step away from Boston crime stories and prove he can direct other kinds of projects, and The Stand would have been a perfect opportunity for him to stretch. I really liked his first two films, but I can already see him falling into a rut.
Oct. 24, 2011, 3:35 p.m. CST
The Stand has fail written all over it because it's way too ambitious. It'll be an albatross for whichever director gets harangued into doing it.
Oct. 24, 2011, 4:05 p.m. CST
.....that humanizes and romanticizes people who are filthy pieces of shit. nice.
Oct. 24, 2011, 4:05 p.m. CST
He will hide out from the cops BY GOING BACK TO COLLEGE! There will be HIJINX and CHICKS in BIKINIS and IMPROMPTU DANCING on cars to SYNTH ROCK!
Oct. 24, 2011, 4:10 p.m. CST
It's called Black Mass. Ol' Ben might just end up torpedoing them.
Oct. 24, 2011, 4:16 p.m. CST
Is Spike Lee going off on another racist rant?
Oct. 24, 2011, 4:51 p.m. CST
by Eric Shea
There already was a Bulger biopic, it was called The Departed. Why on earth would anybody retell the same story after it's been told by a master like Scorsese. There are countless gangsters who have never had their stories told, why keep telling the story of a minor gangster in a small city? Where is the Pablo Escobar movie? He was the most powerful and most brutal gangster who ever lived. He controlled a whole country. I wanted to see a Richard Kuklinski flick, but it seems this isn't going to happen. I guess without the ubiquitous Boston gangster flick, guys like Matt Damon and Ben Affleck wouldn't get the chance to play tough guys, but really it's getting old. There are other, much more dangerous cities out there to set stories in, like my hometown Philadelphia. Ever hear of the Philly Black Mafia? I guess not, as Hollywood has never told their story. And maybe, just maybe this time they could give some roles to actors of color, not just Damon, Affleck, and Dicaprio.
Oct. 24, 2011, 5:24 p.m. CST
I've read about the rescue operation and it will be interesting to see it on-screen.
Oct. 24, 2011, 5:32 p.m. CST
I read both the book and the script, and neither are very good. Also, I'm pretty surprised that nobody's mentioned how this has already been done to better effect in "The Departed". I mean it's as plain as day, people.
Oct. 24, 2011, 5:48 p.m. CST
It was called Medellin, and it was crap.
Oct. 24, 2011, 5:49 p.m. CST
Any big screen adaption of The Stand wouldn't be a remake. If done right, it would be a correction, as would any movie based on a King book that was turned into a minseries. Why King fell in love with the miniseries and the completely untalented Mick Garris we'll never know. What we do know is that King books totally deserve big screen talent and budget. Calling a new big screen adaption of the Stand is a fucking insult to movie making. I say Affleck should use the studios interest in him doing the Stand, which is pretty much a guaranteed profit with him behind the camera to get the budget he wants/needs for the Bulger flick. However, The Stand, if done right, would have to be at least two movies and even then it would cut out half the story. The source material is beyond worthy of a trilogy but the public is gonna soon wear thin of being asked to go see three movies and wait five to six years for a conclusion. The whole "to be continued" thing is meant for serials and television. There's no worse feeling than walking out of a movie theater knowing that you're gonna have to wait a few years to see the end of the movie that just finished. I cut my teeth on Star Wars and Back to the Future just like everyone else here but the Stand doesn't have three definitive endings in it like the original Star Wars trilogy did. Instead it will be two cliffhangers and then, finally, a conclusion. Lord of the Rings was three fentastic films with three fantastic endings that left you feeling satisfied and left you with your thirst quenched three different times; the Stand won't do that. It's one of King's top 5 books, and I've read it a couple times. Mostly because of the characters and the breathing room it had. If it's one three hour movie forget it. Go make Whitey's movie. If it's a huge budget and a tent-pole spread out over three films, then Affleck should go for it and make the Bulger movie in between the first two. The first third of the Stand will be minimum budget so if the studio backs it as a huge trilogy based on our generations' most popular author's best book, chances are Affleck has his biggest hit to date on his hands. Ride that wave, get a huge hit and make the Bulger movie on the goodwill a big hit buys with the studio. Jesus Christ I'm ranting. Sorry everybody, lol
Oct. 24, 2011, 5:50 p.m. CST
Oct. 24, 2011, 5:53 p.m. CST
I meant calling a new big screen adaption of the Stand A REMAKE is a fucking insult to movie making.
Oct. 24, 2011, 5:58 p.m. CST
The Departed is VERY LOOSELY based on a portion of Bulger's life. The most interesting aspect of Bulger's life wasn't even touched on in The Departed. The Departed was a fictional movie with fictional characters based loosely on the outline of a real persons partial story. It was a remake of an Asian film who's plotline was tweaked a little bit to resemble Whitey.
Oct. 24, 2011, 6:04 p.m. CST
I know Affleck has a lot of haters out there for some reason. He was never a bad actor. He either had a bad agent, manager, or he himself couldn't pick a good script to save his life there for a while. As far as acting, he has really come aroun and fulfilled a lot of the promise that was there in his early days. As far as directing, anyone out there that says he is an untalented director is just hating on him for the sake of hating on him or trolling. He's got a great eye and tells a good story. He's got a knack for pulling great performances out of actors and both movies he's directed have been well respected and both of em were pretty fucking good movies. I really don't understand how anyone can watch Gone Baby Gone and The Town and question his abilities as a director with a lot of talent in handling big ensemble casts. He can pull off either project in my opinion with ease.
Oct. 24, 2011, 6:19 p.m. CST
I am surprised no one has mentioned The Departed yet.
Oct. 24, 2011, 6:31 p.m. CST
Oct. 24, 2011, 7:02 p.m. CST
That's like saying The Godfather is a biopic of Lucky Luciano.
Oct. 24, 2011, 7:24 p.m. CST
Yeah. one person up top said that and everyone else joined in on that one. You know how that goes, one guy said Departed is based on Bulger and everyone else instead of saying, "I didn't know that," cannot be appear to not know something so they all just join in. Irish gangster in Boston. That's about it for the parallels. Oh yeah, Bulger was a sometime informant too. Did you know that Waterworld is a Jacques Cousteau biopic?
Oct. 24, 2011, 7:42 p.m. CST
When my Uncle has sex with a lady, he always plays The Heat Is On by Glenn Fry on his ghetto blaster
Because when he lost his virginity in 1984 that was playing on the radio so now he needs it playing every time like a ritual.
Oct. 24, 2011, 8:24 p.m. CST
by Nice Marmot
Oct. 24, 2011, 8:24 p.m. CST
by Nice Marmot
Oct. 24, 2011, 10:13 p.m. CST
Shoot ARGO now while THE STAND is in pre production and when it's finished jump right into THE STAND...
Oct. 24, 2011, 10:18 p.m. CST
Enough with "The Stand." I've seen two versions of it already, and it's pretty much been done to death. I could care less whether they make yet another pointless remake of it. But Bulger starring Damon and written by Winter, that could kick some serious ass. I'd much rather see that.
Oct. 25, 2011, 12:38 a.m. CST
There's never been a movie of "The Stand". There was a single miniseries, which was great, but would be quite different from a trilogy of movies.
Oct. 25, 2011, 1:36 a.m. CST
This is like those other movies he made.
Oct. 25, 2011, 3:40 a.m. CST
How fucking awesome would that be? The Ward sucked as a movie, but Carpenter showed he still has the chops to make a movie. It had a great look and great camera work. The story was weak, but I don't blame John. He really would be an amazing choice for The Stand. He automatically gives the movie horror credibility, it's a great story and it could be the movie to not only bring John back in a big way, it could be his masterpiece.
Oct. 25, 2011, 3:55 a.m. CST
For the same reason they pulled the plug on Romero's version back in the 80s
Oct. 25, 2011, 5:34 a.m. CST
Who could play Steve Nutjobs? Probably won't be Ben Affleck. Ed Norton?
Oct. 25, 2011, 6:25 a.m. CST
He thinks its beneath him.
Oct. 25, 2011, 6:29 a.m. CST
He'd make The Stand....turn out a hit and use the goodwill to make the Bulger flick. Like Spielberg. Make the money makers and then come back and do the ones you want. Don't fuck yourself over "Artistic integrity." Dollars to donuts says he won't do that. He'll hold out for the Bulger flick and it will flop. Way to go, Sean Penn, way to go!
Oct. 25, 2011, 6:30 a.m. CST
His third masterpiece.... Halloween The Thing
Oct. 25, 2011, 6:34 a.m. CST
Oct. 25, 2011, 6:59 a.m. CST
Oct. 25, 2011, 7:43 a.m. CST
Has anyone mentioned it?
Oct. 25, 2011, 12:01 p.m. CST
and studios ate his shit up
Oct. 25, 2011, 4:21 p.m. CST
He is the Hand of God.
Oct. 25, 2011, 5:23 p.m. CST
I meant it had the potential to be better than those movies and possibly be award worthy. Maybe masterpiece was the wrong word.
Oct. 25, 2011, 6:13 p.m. CST
Oct. 25, 2011, 6:18 p.m. CST
by Fish Tank
Loved The Thing, Christine and Big Trouble in Little China... But then he made Ghosts of Mars and Masters of Horror and I decided he has lost it. Just having to remember Ghosts of Mars is depressing me.
Oct. 25, 2011, 6:51 p.m. CST
Like Guy Ritchie?
Oct. 25, 2011, 7:51 p.m. CST
by Mullah Omar
Did they even have a proper script for THE STAND? Or a budget? Tricky to make this story into a 2-3 hour film, and if a script and budget are not even in place, it's better for Affleck to do something else rather than rush his first supposed mega-budget film. It would still be pretty easy to piss away all the Hollywood goodwill he's generated in recent years if THE STAND was anything less than a clear success. I don't fault Affleck for taking his time before jumping into the deep end.
Oct. 25, 2011, 10:35 p.m. CST
Far more interesting than The Stand for so many reasons.
Oct. 26, 2011, 12:07 a.m. CST
Is fine. No need to have that reworked. Were the project a big screen production of It... I could see some tweaking. The Stand can be brought to cinema pretty much (edited for time) as written. And it was pretty fucking awesome AS WRITTEN. I would enjoy to read what Beaks finds lacking in the book, and how a potential film could remedy it. I really would, and with an open mind. I don't think that follow up is coming though.
Oct. 26, 2011, 4:42 p.m. CST
Gangsters have been done to death. The public keeps buing gangster books and going to gangster movies, so I can't blame the business people, but all the interesting stories have been told. There especially isn't anything remotely glamorous about the South Boston gangs- they don't have the old world romance and hig-level connections the Italian mafia has. They were just low-level bullies and scumbags taking advantage of ignorant ghetto whites who didn't have any problem they couldn't blame on outsiders. The Southie mentality is best shown by Michael Patrick McDonald's memoir, "All Souls- A Family Story from Southie." McDonald lays out the insane dysfunction of his family, and the ghetto Irish of Boston, but is completely unable to assign them any responsibility. It's all Ronald Reagan's fault. But it's all in the gangster mentality, of whatever place, time, or ethnicity- create an imaginary "us" and "them" and terrorize people into going along. Unless Affleck is willing to make Bulger the bad guy- like Pete Postlethwaite was in "The Town", a guy who manipulated and abused his own people- this will be really bad.
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