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THE STAND Movie Gets A Writer!!

Published at: Jan. 19, 2012, 8:42 a.m. CST

Merrick here...

David Kajganich wrote a tedious and forgettable Nicole Kidman/Daniel Craig film called THE INVASION a few years back.  Apparently, he recently made up for that a little with his script for a waiting-to-be-produced big screen adaptation of Stephen King's IT.  

Seems Kajganich's work on that project was so strong that it landed him the coveted - although hugely daunting - task of adapting another high-profile Stephen King book-to-film project, THE STAND, for director Ben Affleck.  

This per Vulture.  

THE STAND was previously brought to the screen as a four part ABC miniseries in 1994.  A miniseries which I liked quite a bit, although I felt the final installment's closing Vegas sequences didn't land its spectacle or tone as solidly as it might have.  The rest?  Worked rather well I thought, although I'll admit to not being a Stephen King purist.  Loved some of the imagery of the guys walking down the deserted highways with their guitar and dog...simple.  Poignant.  Stunning.  The miniseries is available HERE, but is also streamable on Netflix.  

 

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  • Jan. 19, 2012, 8:44 a.m. CST

    Yay

    by MegaBeth

    Yay

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 8:45 a.m. CST

    David Kajganich

    by proevad

    He's a righteous man. I dig him.

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 8:48 a.m. CST

    Walton Goggins IS the Trash Can Man

    by 2for2true

    Make it so.

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 8:49 a.m. CST

    I hope they update Randall Flagg

    by rev_skarekroe

    A guy with a mullet and a jeans jacket just doesn't come off as cool in 2012.

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 8:50 a.m. CST

    Affleck Still Directing?

    by Rob

    Thought he left the project

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 8:54 a.m. CST

    Tim Olyphant for Flagg

    by proevad

    They had an epic fail with Jamey Sheridan in the last one. Guy has the sex appeal and charisma of a mushroom.

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 8:55 a.m. CST

    THE STAND doesn't need to be made again.

    by ravenloff

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 8:59 a.m. CST

    Make it a trilogy or forget it

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    The miniseries had six hours (minus commercials) to play around with, so a trilogy of 2 1/2 hour movies would add ninety minutes to play around with.

  • Just because a book is great don't mean it'll transfer to the screen too.

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 9:13 a.m. CST

    Stephen King

    by danny von stietz

    Forget all of those and do the Dark Tower DAMMIT!

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 9:25 a.m. CST

    M-O-O-N. That spells Kajganich

    by ScreamingPenis

  • He ain't the Walkin' Dude...he's the ROCKIN' DUDE. With a jean jacket, jean shirt and jeans. And a mullet woven out of the blackest night and the tears of frightened infants.

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 9:55 a.m. CST

    Fuck the 'The Stand'.... Give me 'Swan Song!'

    by Judge Briggs

    Far superior novel ... If you like end of the world fiction, 'Swan Song' is the book for you! 'Swan Song' would fit perfectly over at HBO or Showtime ... it would be a great 2-3 season show. Sigh... I wish.

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 10:04 a.m. CST

    Gary Cole = Randall Flagg

    by Redc40

    It would've worked better in 1994 but still.

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 10:07 a.m. CST

    Never really cared for The Stand as a novel.

    by DanielnocharismaCraig

    Stephen King's weakness as a writer is truly those long, drawn out epic's of his that seem to go on forever with no real character arc or interesting characters. IT was the exception though.

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 10:14 a.m. CST

    Just finished Kings latest..

    by paul burnett

    ..and as one of his fans who sticks up for some of his more long winded detours he tends take while story telling...this one takes the fucking biscuit!! A time travel adventure to thwart Kennedy being killed focuses on how the high school play is coming along...this book actually fucked me off. Well Done.

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 10:14 a.m. CST

    Swan Song?

    by RRL

    Right on! Hell, I'd love to see ANYTHING by McCammon hit the big screen with a budget... How about Guy Pierce or Christian Bale in "The Wolf's Hour"? Or maybe a Darabont-directed "Boys Life"! (a fan can dream...)

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 10:15 a.m. CST

    Cat's Eye was THE BOMB!!!!

    by Nice Marmot

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 10:25 a.m. CST

    Bale as Flagg

    by paul burnett

    Freeman as Mother Abigale.. The evil cast can be the characters from The Regular Show, an the Adventure Time dudes can fight for justice.. Sorry CN on in the background...

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 10:26 a.m. CST

    oh wait..Powers Boothe for Flagg

    by paul burnett

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 10:33 a.m. CST

    I hope they tart-up the ending

    by Rtobert

    It's arguable that it worked in the book, but on screen the same ending could be lame

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 10:59 a.m. CST

    Bruce Campbell for Randall Flagg

    by keyserSOZE

    And I quite liked 11/22/63, personally. I tore through it in three days.

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 11:06 a.m. CST

    Why not ressurect Romero's script instead?

    by Jack Desmondi

    This is a talented guy and I'm just plain sick as shit of his making any more cheap ass shot on video zombie movies.

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 11:07 a.m. CST

    Viggo Mortenson as Flagg.

    by JackSlater4

    The man does villain great, if we can't get him as Roland, he would knock this out of the park

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 11:10 a.m. CST

    Wait...there's a script floating about for IT?

    by loafroaster

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 11:36 a.m. CST

    Paul Dano for Harold Lauder! And more!

    by oh_riginal

    http://vimeo.com/27566361

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 11:40 a.m. CST

    Best blowjob ever David. You got the job!

    by cookylamoo

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 11:45 a.m. CST

    Let's hope it works.

    by Sithtastic

    That's all I got. I'm not sure what to think of the project thus far, save that this had best be a hard R. It's the only real reason I can think for re-making it.

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 11:48 a.m. CST

    I can't believe no one has made a Robert R McCammon film yet

    by Col. Tigh-Fighter

    They Thirst would be a disaster movie like no other. Get Emmerich to direct it. LA goes tits up big time. And The Wolfs Hour is James Bond in WW2 if James Bond was a werewolf! Such a good fucking story! Yes to a Swan Song film too.

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 11:52 a.m. CST

    Affleck will be the Bomb for The Stand YO!

    by Xiphos_2

    he showed a whole lot of promise in his first two movies and its good to him branching out.

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 11:55 a.m. CST

    Denzel Washington as Randall Flagg

    by Brian Hopper

    Takes it back to King's original inspiration for the character. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_DeFreeze Whatever they do, they have to move away from the denim/mullet vibe that has somehow taken hold re the Flagg character and go in another direction.

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 12:01 p.m. CST

    This is an interesting choice for Affleck . . .

    by Rob Jenson

    . . . after his small thrillers. So far I haven't gotten the impression that he's a real visual director capable of amazing imagery, but time will tell, and if he approaches it with passion that might matter most. Didn't see Invasion. Everything I heard about it was bad. Still, really curious about this and hope it rocks. I hope the ending is better. I won't give away the ending of the book, but it did seem awfully sudden, without any real build-up, and it came just when things were really starting to get interesting. I'd rather the big event at the end NOT have happened and for there to have been a sequel examining how the two different factions interacted. I thought the idea of a spy was ingenius, but then it all just . . . ended, as if Stephen King just said Fuck it, I'm done, Let's (SPOILER) blow up the bad guys (END SPOILER).

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 12:09 p.m. CST

    Peter Stormare as Flagg

    by flax

    Watch CONSTANTINE for his audition. He has the mannerisms and the personality nailed.

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 12:10 p.m. CST

    Way more excited about IT, and this is is the first I've heard

    by chronicallydepressedlemming

    of...it. (hah). Done right, this could be the horror movie to make the last couple of years of horror movies seem like a waste of time. I still wish they'd done an anime series of this, Dark Tower and The Stand though.

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 12:15 p.m. CST

    The Dark Tower = Worst Ending for Such a Huge Series

    by Judge Briggs

    I was so pissed ... man oh man, King dropped the ball on that one. The last part of The Dark Tower was complete and utter shit. Period. Worst endings to beloved series in no particular order: 1.) Lost 2.) BSG 3.) The Dark Tower

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 12:21 p.m. CST

    King ALWAYS had a problem with the endings-

    by sonnyfern

    He just can never seem to nail them and they almost always dissapoint. He starts with a brilliant concept, hooks you with characters, keeps you going for the middle, then completely ruins everything in the last 100 pages. I thought he did the same thing with Under The Dome.

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 12:24 p.m. CST

    Seems better suited to a minseries or single season show

    by FrodoFraggins

    Hell, they could flesh it out to two seasons and continue from there with new material.

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 12:28 p.m. CST

    I was ok with the BSG ending, but yeah, LOST was shit

    by Jaster Mareel

    In fact, the whole last season of LOST was mostly garbage. It's not that I hated the actual ending of LOST that much, it was that whole bullshit story arc that 2 magical brothers were behind it all. What absolute horseshit. Now I have HEARD that the original ending was that nobody survived the plane crash, but people guessed it right away so they made up a bunch of other bullshit. I prefer to think that they didn't survive the plane crash. It's the only thing that makes any fucking sense. It really pissed me off that the first few seasons were so brilliantly mysterious, then instead of coming up with somethign fantastic to answer it, they just say "Oh there were these two brothers who were magic or something and one of them turned into smoke and the island is just inherantly magic and nobody knows why". COME THE FUCK ON MAN!

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 12:41 p.m. CST

    I dunno, I like the endings of many King books, including

    by Brian Hopper

    Firestarter and The Dead Zone. And The Stand. Although the ending of The Stand will almost certainly have to change for a big-budget film. Actually, there will have to be changes to the whole story to squeeze it into 2.5 hours. Such as dramatically condensing Part 1 (Captain Trips) into a half hour or less. But it can be done, I think. This could be a really cool movie if they do it right, and they don't get too beholden to purists who think the book should be translated as is. That was one of the many sins of the TV version: too faithful to the novel. And I'm saying this as a longtime huge fan of King's novel: they have to make some major changes to get this to work.

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 12:47 p.m. CST

    Judge - I forgot about "Swan Song"

    by MisterManReturns

    Yeah, I liked it quite a bit...

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 1:11 p.m. CST

    Flagg in the 94 version was great.

    by phifty2

    As was Bob Morton as Lloyd Henried.

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 1:13 p.m. CST

    that has somehow taken hold re the Flagg character

    by phifty2

    That how he's described in the fucking book! It's not like Mick Garris suggested it. Fuck!

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 1:20 p.m. CST

    Wrath_of_Fett

    by Judge Briggs

    Yep, you nailed it! 2 magical brothers? Fine, then who the fuck are they? Why are they magical? Why is the fucking island magical? WHY WHY WHY WHY? ; )

  • Great opening and run-up. Nails the springboard and exquisitely executes the preflight and block. Off-flight usually is equally amazing, with impressive twists, spins and acrobatics. It is just the landing that he has serious difficulty "sticking". Many times, unfortunately, it ends of being a face-plant straight to the mat.

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 1:36 p.m. CST

    keyser..3 days huh, must be a good book then.

    by paul burnett

    SPOILERS...kinda.. What's your favourite part? The bit where they put on a benefit concert for the girl disfigured in a car crash?? The bit where they put on another benefit concert for another girl whos been disfigured by a knife? Or the part where they think about putting on a benefit concert for the hero.. I like King's stuff but this was a weak.

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 2:18 p.m. CST

    What happened to the remaking of Pet Sematary?

    by Adam Jones

    Last I heard in March of 2010, it was announced that a remake was in the works, with Matt Greenberg (writer of another King adaptation, 1408) currently working on the screenplay. Normally I hate remakes but in this case the original really sucked. Any new news on this?

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 2:54 p.m. CST

    Unfair to blame THE INVASION on Kajganich

    by melonman

    From all accounts the movie was destroyed by studio reshoots. Remember Oliver Hirschbiegel was a damn good director and they destroyed his original cut of the movie (although God knows what that would have actually been).

  • As much as I love the book, there's a hell of a lot that won't work as a movie, and SHOULD be changed.

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 2:56 p.m. CST

    I read Salem's Lot once a year. Still my favorite King book.

    by Mandolorian

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 3 p.m. CST

    I loved the Dark Tower ending

    by smackfu

    The final book itself was pretty weak, though it did have an interesting, desolate, lonely tone. But the actual ending, what the door in the tower led to, was perfect.

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 3:49 p.m. CST

    The Stand can't be a movie

    by homer40

    Not that it can't be filmed, just that it can't be done in 2 1/2 or even 3 hours. There's just too much there. And yes, I am a Stand fanatic. King wrote in the book that he saw Robert Duval as Flagg and Bruce Springsteen as whatever the musician's name was. I love the mini-series, though it didn't have the skill to handle the "hand of God" finale. Also, it has some hilarious performances, especially some of my love Molly Ringwald in the early going. I like Afleck as a director, but just don't see it fitting into a film length format.

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 4:04 p.m. CST

    AICN... it's not getting worse...

    by paul burnett

    ....it's getting....better.

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 4:25 p.m. CST

    @phifty2 It says Randall Flagg has a mullet in The Stand?

    by Brian Hopper

    Can you point me to where it says that?

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 4:33 p.m. CST

    creepythinmanlives, I think Spielberg should do "Cell"...

    by ChickenStu

    I've wanted Spielberg to do another thriller for years. This would be perfect for him. With Duel he made people afraid of the road, with Jaws he made people afraid of the water, an adaptation of Cell by him could do the same for mobile phones.

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 4:36 p.m. CST

    By the way, I like Jamey Sheridan and at least

    by Brian Hopper

    he has a 'take' on how to play Flagg in the TV movie. (I've also met Sheridan in real life and he's a nice guy.) But Flagg is even more creepy and mysterious in the novel. I like how we don't really know where Flagg came from, and that he doesn't even know. The sense of Flagg's presence throughout the novel hovering over everything, appearing as an animal or in people's dreams, gives The Stand a lot of its power. Nailing people to telephone poles, etc. The film would have to take Flagg to another level compared to the TV movie. And they need to start over in visualizing him.

  • Roland reaching the tower and everything blazing bright (in all the colours of the wizards' glass) and everything put right again.

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 5:11 p.m. CST

    Joseph Gordon Levitt as Nick Andros. FACT

    by Tikidonkeypunch

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 5:12 p.m. CST

    Colin Farrel as Larry Underwood.

    by Tikidonkeypunch

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 5:12 p.m. CST

    I've said it before...Mila Kunis as Nadine Cross. FACT

    by Tikidonkeypunch

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 5:13 p.m. CST

    I like Paul Dano as Harold.

    by Tikidonkeypunch

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 5:26 p.m. CST

    Randall Flagg always had a southern twinge about him to me

    by MrEkoLetMeLive

    How 'bout John Hawkes as the Walkin' Dude?

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 6:16 p.m. CST

    Mel Gibson as Randall Flagg.

    by MCVamp

    Think on it.

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 8:52 p.m. CST

    Paul Reubens for Flagg...

    by MagicJesus

    obviously. Eric the Midget for Nick Andros would be inspired casting as well. Fabio for Trash. Mayhaps make Madonna Mother Abigail.

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 8:55 p.m. CST

    INVASION's downfall was the happy puppy ending.

    by venvariants

    The rest of the movie was pretty good - certainly started out strong. But to do an Invasion of the Body Snatchers movie (- even Abel's 'Body Snatchers' was strong until the end -) you've got to refrain from tacking on a cheery ending!! The whole point is that the ending is shit. The 1978 one is still the best one, hands down. I don't know if this Whatshisface screenwriter was responsible for the last ten minutes of The Invasion...but it ruined the whole thing. Let's keep The Stand nice and dark for the grownups, okay? And for God's sake make the disease all awful like in the book - the TV serial was watered down for old ladies. In the book Captain Trips is just horrendous, like the Plague.

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 9:04 p.m. CST

    I like the idea of Stormare as Flagg

    by Turingtestee

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 9:05 p.m. CST

    Ben Affleck for Stu (been saying that for a while now)

    by Turingtestee

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 9:07 p.m. CST

    Michael Pitt for Harold

    by Turingtestee

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 10:06 p.m. CST

    once more, a 2.5 hour IT is a damn travesty

    by IWasInJuniorHighDickhead

    if there ever was a 10 hour HBO miniseries to be made, IT would be, well, it

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 10:08 p.m. CST

    I remember almost dropping my ice cream when Ringwald said she has calluses on her fanny

    by IWasInJuniorHighDickhead

    being British, I thought it was a bit too much information at the time

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 11:56 p.m. CST

    Olyphant as the Gunslinger. On HBO. Please.

    by dahveed1972

  • Huge fucking fail, which took the element of body horror happening right onscreen out of the picture. Second massive fail was calling it The Invasion. That just sounds so damn generic, especially considering the fact that there was already a similarly themed TV series on at the time called... wait for it... Invasion! Invasion of the Body Snatchers sounds fucking cool and iconic. Why the fuck would anyone change that title to such a lame, unimaginative one like The Invasion. And the way they handled the whole alien microbe element was more of an infection than a fucking invasion. The movie should have been called The Infection. Yeah, then going against the director, who made the excellent Downfall, was probably also why the film sucked alien pod sacs. Oh well, we still have the excellent original one from the 50's, as well as the equally great late 70's remake with Donald Sutherland and Leonard Nimoy.

  • What with all the social media stuff like Facefuck and Titter. The whole theme of conformity and groupthink imbedded in the Body Snatcher concept is relevant now with the way our world works and connects people it fucking hurts my brain just thinking of how great a bold and balls out Invasion of the Body Snatchers film set in today's reality could be. A rock solid and smart script taking all that into account, and marrying it with the classic and creepy notion of pod people, directed by maybe Spielberg, Cronenberg, Fincher, or even the infamous M. Night Shyamalan could be amazing. Get some of the best practical effects wizards like KNB or WETA, and only use digital tools to enhance the practical effects, paint out wires and stuff like that.

  • They'd just do it as a found footage film.

  • Jan. 20, 2012, 12:17 a.m. CST

    Joe Biden for Tom Cullen

    by Arcadian Del Sol

  • Jan. 20, 2012, 3:56 a.m. CST

    Invasion of the Bollocks Snatchers

    by Bedknobs and Boomsticks

  • Jan. 20, 2012, 4:20 a.m. CST

    Stop. Stop... STOP.

    by WhatTheHellHappenedToMe

    This can't be done in feature length, and can't be cleanly split into a series. The TV miniseries (probably only through the lens of nostalgia) was just fine, and if you MUST look at things while getting the story, read the graphic novel. Actually pretty awesome (unlike the Dark Tower debacle).