With Stephen King enjoying a semi-renaissance in recent years, a new adaption of his seminal work The Stand has been bouncing around development for years. So, why did one-time director Scott Cooper jump ship?
Cooper (Out of the Furnace) is keeping busy these days, but for a good while in 2013 he was signed on to helm The Stand, after Ben Affleck dropped out to play Bruce Wayne in Batman vs. Superman. But Cooper himself left after a while, opening the door for current director Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars) to take over.
Cooper was asked about the project and why he left, and said he felt it would be better suited to a trilogy, as opposed to the standalone film plan currently in place. Here’s an excerpt:
“Yeah, I’ve moved on. It was a great process of connecting with Mr. [Stephen] King. It’s a great piece, but it’s a tough story to crack in one telling. It really should probably be told not unlike The Lord of the Rings, so you could really do justice to such a great piece of material. He’s a great guy and so supportive, but if you’re going to take something on like that, you want to make sure you get it right.”
After reading the book, we’d honestly have to agree with Cooper’s assessment. The Stand is a massive story, and that miniseries attempt didn’t even cover the whole narrative. Could a movie? You have to give Cooper credit that he saw the limitations of the plan and didn’t try to make a movie he doesn't believe in.
What do you think? Can The Stand work as a single film, or would you prefer a trilogy a la Cooper’s recommendation?