Ben Affleck explains why he's having so much trouble with The Stand

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Jan 14, 2013, 1:38 PM EST

Ben Affleck's quickly become one of the most sought-after directors in Hollywood. Over the past few months, he's been rumored for everything from the Justice League to The Stand. But when it comes to the latter, he hasn't gained much traction. So what's the holdup?

In an interview with GQ, the actor-turned-director reveals why he's having trouble with The Stand. He's having difficulty taking the massive story and condensing it for a film. But Affleck remains optimistic. He even compares it to another epic book-turned-film-series.

"Right now we're having a very hard time," Affleck says. "But I like the idea—it's like The Lord of the Rings in America. And it's about how we would reinvent ourselves as a society. If we started all over again, what would we do?"

In 1994, The Stand was adapted for the small screen in the form of a miniseries. It had a huge cast led by Gary Sinise (CSI: NY) and Jamey Sheridan (Arrow). We're happy Affleck's still keen on the movie. It would be interesting to see him go from his usual straightforward dramas to something with a supernatural slant.

(via GQ)

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