Published On: Thu, Nov 21st, 2013

Director Scott Cooper exits ‘The Stand’ adaptation after saying

Warner Bros has lost another director for its adaptation of The Stand. The Wrap is reporting in a Nov. 20 article that Crazy Heart director Scott Cooper has exited the project over “creative differences.”

This comes on the heels of Cooper discussing the project with MTV and trying to cast Christan Bale as the lead.

The Stand Mike Perkins cover comic book“There’s a reason that film hasn’t been made, because it’s the themes and the scope and the size, and of course my approach—much like with Out of the Furnace—is searingly realistic, and that can be a very expensive endeavor but one that perhaps maybe doesn’t marry with how a movie like that should be shot, just because of the sheer expense,” Cooper told MTV News.

Cooper joined the project as a writer and director earlier this years and now the studio will search again for someone to helm the project.

“It’s a daunting challenge to take a very long and beloved novel and try to condense that to one standalone film.  Some of the stuff I’ve written is harrowing and searingly realistic and very grounded.  Mr. King has been very gracious, is a fan of Crazy Heart and was very happy that I am adapting it, and it’s a process.”

MTV also asked Cooper whether his Out of the Furnace star Christian Bale is a possibility to lead The Stand.

“Well Christian’s a part of everything that I’m writing, and I tend to share things with Christian in the infancy stage that I don’t share with other people.  He’s become not only one of my closest friends but a great collaborator and I wouldn’t be surprised to see Christian and me teaming up on many things.”

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