The Stand’s End of the World Might Get All Shaky Cam-y with Paul Greengrass

Paul Greengrass in Captain Phillips (2013) Movie Image

Won’t anyone stand up for Warner Bros’ adaptation of Stephen King’s “The Stand”?

For a while there, it looked like the film was finally rolling, but then the wheels came off (again) with Scott Cooper departing.

Now it appears “Bourne” director Paul Greengrass has risen to the top of the studio’s wish list, at least according to Bad Ass Digest, who quotes unnamed sources within the bowels of Warner Bros. Hopefully it’s someone with a suit and not janitorial overalls, but who knows, really.

Greengrass is certainly an odd choice to direct an end-of-the-world movie, given his need for realism. Or, well, as “real” as you can get in a franchise about a super spy who can never, ever be killed. But he’s known for bringing that attempt at gritty realism to his movies anyway, and I can’t see that working in a property like “The Stand”.

But, as mentioned, Greengrass is just at the top of a wish list, and nothing more. Just because the studio wants him, it doesn’t mean he’s interested. We shall find out soon enough.

“The Stand”, based on the gargantuan King book, takes place in an America devastated by a plague. That sucks already, but then some dude that may or may not be the Devil shows, an old black lady starts calling survivors together to fight him, wacky stuff happens. The property was previously adapted into a mini-series starring Gary Sinese, Rob Lowe, and Molly Ringwald.

The Stand Book Cover

You know when you’re big? When your name is BIGGER than the book title.