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Potential ‘The Stand’ Rating Causes Rift Between Studio and Director?

Scott Cooper, whose Out of the Furnace opens Dec. 6, has fallen off The Stand, the adaptation of Stephen King’s epic novel being made by Warner Bros. and CBS Films, reports Heat Vision.

Cooper was writing and attached to direct the adaptation, which is one of the most influential of King’s works.

It is unclear why Cooper left. Sources tell Heat Vision the parting was over creative differences, while one insider says it came down to the project’s potential rating. Cooper wants an R-rating, in keeping with the rawness of King’s novel, while Warners, the lead on the project, aims to make a PG or PG-13 movie.

Another source said the project’s scope is so massive that the studios are not sure how many movies are needed to cover the entire adaptation.

David Yates and Ben Affleck were previously attached as directors.

The studio is said to be moving fast to find a replacement and the names being thrown out as possible replacements range from Cary Fukunaga and Paul Greengrass to Daniel Espinosa and Denis Villeneuve.



  • undertaker78

    Why do studios even bother when they take away full control from a director and alter the original material source? The Stand needs to be an R if they want it to be successful.

  • Beneviolence

    The Stand mini-series pretty much demonstrated that you can tell the story in PG-13. Heck, think about it, when the original Stand mini-series came out, PG-13 movies were pretty soft. Now you have the gruesome zombies on The Walking Dead and nobody thinks twice. Outside of bloated corpses, what couldn’t a PG-13 movie cover adapting the book?

    If Cooper walked out over this, I think it wasn’t really a fight worth fighting, and he made a mistake. I think this probably has more to do with the difficulty of getting the material ‘zippy’ enough to span two movies (let alone three!).


    ^ agreed that this does not have to be rated r. there is so much that they could do with this film and still make it really twisted with a pg-13 rating. I don’t care as long as it’s good. but I lost faith when they lost Ben Affleck… I may not back him as batman yet but the man can write and direct good films

  • oneofthosedeadfckers

    This movie really needs that R rating. Can you imagine something like The shining being PG-13? It wouldn’t fucking work and neither will this. The irony is that the studios want people to see it so then they fuck with the source material to make the film more accessible and wonder why people hate it/don’t go to see it. Fans of the books will be displeased, and everyone else will probably be indifferent. I wish people would focus on putting out a quality film and THEN worry about whether it’s marketable instead of vice versa.

  • sweetooth

    The Stand, like pretty well any adaptation of a King novel is not PG material, plain and simple. You need only look at the horrid mini-series for proof of that.

    If you disagree, please read the book again, then watch the mini-series again and I think you will find it’s pretty damn lackluster.

    The Stand contained some absolutely brutal sequences.

    Why not actually do the novel justice and make a 3 part, hard R, faithful version. If the movie is good, people will go to see it regardless of that fact that it is R.

    Remember when making movies had something to do with trying to make the best movie possible? The rating was simply something that happened after the movie was made, and the chips fell where they may. I sure miss those days.

    • oneofthosedeadfckers

      “Remember when making movies had something to do with trying to make the best movie possible? The rating was simply something that happened after the movie was made, and the chips fell where they may.” I’d say that with digital on-demand that’s still a possibility for smaller film companies. The real problem is the big companies like WB or Weinstein company keep trying to mitigate risk (which in turn mitigates creativity imo).

  • LettermanToothGap

    And this is why it’s better to be a novelist than a screenwriter or director in Hollywood. Thank you for reminding us, WB execs.

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