Steven King‘s The Stand was adapted to a miniseries back in the ’90’s, with Gary Sinise and Molly Ringwald playing the leads. All I remember is the wheelchair guy from Forrest Gump acting like bad-ass (Sinise) and that the telling and overall scope of the series barely encompassed Kings novel. Now Warner Bros. wants to re-make it into a 2+ hour movie. I don’t think a single regular length cinematic adaptation could do the book justice. However, I suppose the story and character depth can be cherry picked and make for an adequate adaption. I’d prefer they leave well enough alone, but it’s happening anyway.
So.. onto the latest news. According to Deadline, Warner Bros. has handed the task of directing and adapting the novel to…Ben Affleck. Uh, what? I didn’t see that coming. Not at all. As Deadline notes, the actor, who has been doing wearing the director hat as of late, including his current directorial project, Argo, has proven his directorial skills, along with Gone Baby Gone and The Town. Deadline doesn’t state whether this is a done deal for Affleck to direct, or if Warner Bros has merely offered him the gig.
I like Affleck’s work as a director, but I think The Stand is not yet in his wheelhouse. If he takes the job he’ll Boston-ize the shit out of it. On the other hand, Casey Affleck would be amazing as Stu Redman.
I feel another TV series would be better. Like on HBO or something and have Darabont or some shit do it up.
So.. Ben Affleck directing a famous, classic Stephen King film. Are you, the reader, psyched on this? Or, does Affleck lack the imagination and comprehension of King’s finest (arguably) work? Also, Do you like apples?
The Stand tells the story of an outbreak that destroys a good portion of the world’s population, leaving the survivors to split into two groups, one good, and the other evil. That’s a very abridged synopsis of the story.It’s one of those Crash like deals, where story is told through different people, all of whom are connected by what’s going on.
Memba way back in 2002, the Dark Horse Comics called Fort: Prophet of the Unexplained, which reimagined Fort (an early-twentieth-century American researcher and writer whose focus was “anomalous phenomena”) as an adventurous investigator tangling with aliens and murderers in turn-of-the-nineteenth-century New York City? Seriously, I’m asking. I never read it. Is it good? Bah! I’ll just wait for the movie.
Director Robert Zemeckis is teaming up with Universal Pictures and screenwriter Evan Spiliotopoulos (Snow White and the Huntsman) to bring us a supernatural feature based on Charles Fort. It’s not clear if the flick will be an adaptation on the Dark Horse Comic, or another fictionalization of the man. However, the film is being described as being a “period Ghostbusters” film. So, there’s that.
THR says that “Charles Fort was an early-twentieth-century American researcher and writer whose focus was “anomalous phenomena” and the unexplained. Books Fort wrote such as The Book of the Damned (1919) and New Lands (1923) were some of the first to explore everything from levitation and teleportation to alien abduction and other paranormal pursuits. Fort was essentially a curious skeptic who enjoyed collecting data to support explanations for things that he felt were no less possible than the scientifically accepted ones.”
I would love to see a new live-action Zemeckis adventure series. Before he became a motion-capture masochist he was a good film maker. I just hope this Fort business will tap into old Zemeckis magic. Say what you will about the man, but he still made the Back to the Future trilogy, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and Forrest Gump.
CBS has added all 22 episodes of the series online at StarTrek.com; the Star Trek page at CBS; and TV.com (which is owned by CBS).
Star Trek The Animated Series, aired for two seasons in 1973 and 1974, featured most of the Star Trek: The Original Series characters, who were voiced by the original actors. The series is the first of the Star Trek franchise to win an Emmy. The animated series won a Daytime Emmy as best children’s entertainment show of 1975.
Grab a beer, your favorite snack, and get your cartoon on.
I would love to see a new animated series from the rebooted J.J. Abrams Star Trek franchise. Why not throw us Fan-boys a bone between major motion pictures? They could do some background stories, Star Fleet Academy days, lots to work with. With the success of Star Wars – Clone Wars series how can the powers that be behind Star Trek ignore this medium or the money just waiting to be made?
What do you think? Yeah or Nay on Star Trek Animated series? Do you want more?
Via – Geeks Of Doom