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Ben Affleck Struggles With The Stand Remake; We Got 5 Other Stephen King Stories He Should Direct

Ben Affleck Having a "Hard Time" With The Stand Remake

Now that Argo‘s in the can, Ben Affleck is apparently struggling with his hoped-for remake of Steven King‘s The Stand. “Right now we’re having a very hard time,” Affleck told GQ. “But I like the idea — it’s like ‘The Lord of the Rings’ in America. And it’s about how we would reinvent ourselves as a society. If we started all over again, what would we do?” Someone ought to tell Ben that Rob Lowe and Laura San Giacomo already crushed The Stand in the 1994 miniseries, and that he should just move on to some other King properties ripe for the directing. Such as…

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Stephen King And John Mellencamp Musical To Debut Next Year

It’s been about twelve years in the making, but a musical co-written by John Mellencamp and Stephen King will finally debut next year. Ghost Brothers of Darkland County is based on a news story from 1957 about the deaths of two brothers who, as ghosts, tell their family’s story. Mellencamp and King staged several readings of the musical with actors and musicians like Meg Ryan (ahhh-HA!), Elvis Costello and Neko Case, but it will finally be produced for the stage in April, 2012, at the Alliance Theater in Atlanta. Mellencamp has said of the project “It won’t be ‘Jack and Diane’ meets Cujo,” which is unfortunate because that sounds hilarious, but instead it will be “an American story about an American family,” told from each family member’s perspective.

The musical was reportedly supposed to have been finished in 2002, but it has taken much longer than expected to edit the project, but it is finally ready to go. T-Bone Burnett, who has previously worked on films like Crazy Heart and O Brother, Where Art Thou?, will be the musical director of the production.

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