<strong><em>The Stand</em></strong> loses director Scott Cooper
Out of the Furnace director Scott Cooper has dropped out of directing The Stand, less than three months after we reported he was in talks to replace Ben Affleck at the helm.

The filmmaker was brought in to rewrite the script by David Kajganich (Creature from the Black Lagoon) and direct, but he bowed out due to creative differences. Warner Bros. and CBS Films do not have a replacement for Scott Cooper yet, although our story from August revealed that both studios had to move fast to replace Ben Affleck, since they only had a limited amount of time to make the film before losing the rights.

The original Stephen King novel follows a group of survivors in a post-apocalyptic Earth, after most of the population is wiped out by a synthetic plague. They must fight the nefarious Randall Flagg to survive.

Roy Lee is producing the adaptation with Jimmy Miller.