Sunday, August 25, 2013
In Other Ben Affleck News . . .
Okay, I have to admit, despite being a huge Stephen King fan, I had no idea they were doing another film version of THE STAND. A few reasons are probably to blame for this, the biggest being a genuine disinterest in movies made from Stephen King novels (though, having finally just seen the trailer for the new Carrie movie, which I didn't realize was going to be released this October, I am now interested in seeing it since it looks well done). After all, most are disappointments. Even the ones that fans of his work seem to enjoy haven't really worked for me, the first screen adaptation of THE STAND being one. I just don't like it. In fact, the only movies I have liked based on Stephen King novels / stories are CARRIE, MISERY, STAND BY ME, SECRET WINDOW, THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION, THE GREEN MILE, SILVER BULLET, and DOLORES CLAIBORNE. That's it. It doesn't matter how well received other films are, or how much other fans enjoy them, I just don't like them. The problem is my love of the novels and stories themselves. I enjoy them so much that the film versions always seem to fall flat because they just don't capture what it is I like about the story -- the ones listed above being the exceptions.
Ben Affleck No Longer Directing The Stand by Stephen King
All this said, I am kind of excited to see what the result of the new film version of THE STAND will be, mostly because I love virus and apocalyptic movies. I am apprehensive about what will happen when they try to turn this into a standard film length movie, however, and am not at all comforted by the idea that they may cut it into two or three films so that the story details aren't lost. Instead, if I had my way, I would have liked to see this done as an HBO or Showtime series. I think that would be the best medium for this story given how impressed I have been with GAME OF THRONES. But it looks like that isn't too be. Sigh.