The film adaptation of Stephen King’s epic novel The Stand needs a new director, as Out Of The Furnace‘s Scott Cooper has dropped out as writer/director.
According to THR, Cooper, who is probably best known for directing Jeff Bridges’ Oscar-winning turn in Crazy Heart, has left the project. The site’s sources suggest that Cooper wanted The Stand to be rated R, while Warner Bros want a PG-13 epic. There’s also the suggestion that they are still no closer to figuring out if the story can fit in one film or if more will be needed.
Ben Affleck and David Yates were previously attached to the film, and the studios are now looking at a range of potential replacements including Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips), Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners), Cary Fukunaga (Jane Eyre) and Daniel Espinosa (Safe House).