The Hollywood Reporter brings us the following:
Scott Cooper is in talks to direct and rewrite The Stand, the adaptation of Stephen King’s epic novel being made by Warner Bros. and CBS Films.
Jimmy Miller and Roy Lee are producing the project, which previously had Ben Affleck attached to direct. Affleck is now prepping to star in Gone Girl and will play Batman in Warners' Man of Steel sequel and became unavailable. Warners and CBS Films, meanwhile, have a limited window in order to move on Stand or stand to lose the rights and needed to move fast.
Cooper is best known, so far, for writing and directing Jeff Bridges to an Oscar win for 2009’s drama Crazy Heart. December will see the release of his follow-up, the revenge thriller Out of the Furnace, which stars Christian Bale, Casey Affleck and Zoe Saldana.