The film has been talked about since the 1980s, with King originally wanting George Romero to direct. Since then, an increasingly frustrating series of unfortunate events has played out, which has just seen another filmmaker leaving the helm.
As per The Hollywood Reporter, director Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart) has fallen off The Stand, joining the previously departed Ben Affleck and David Yates. Cooper was going to write and direct the film, and no official word has been given as to why he got cold feet. Sources say either creative differences or a disagreement about the film's rating are to blame. Cooper apparently wanted an R rating, while Warner Bros. is pushing for a PG or