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Josh Boone to Direct 'The Stand', Ruben Fleischer to Helm 'Overnight'

February 26, 2014 (7:13 am) GMT
Warner Bros. eyes Josh Boone to direct an adaptation of Stephen King's book, while Disney wants Ruben Fleischer to helm 'Home Alone'-esque family adventure movie.
Josh Boone to Direct 'The Stand', Ruben Fleischer to Helm 'Overnight'

Josh Boone ("") is in talks to tackle Warner Bros.' adaptation of Stephen King's novel "". The Wrap reports he is nearing a deal to write and direct the film after Scott Cooper ("") dropped out of the project.

Set during the time when population is wiped out by a deadly virus, the apocalyptic story was once turned into a TV miniseries starring , , and . For the big-screen adaptation, Boone reportedly will make a single, R-rated movie that will be faithful to the book.

David Yates was involved in the early development of the movie before he left. later boarded the project, but he bowed out in favor of Batman role in "". Cooper was then tapped, but he also withdrew reportedly due to creative differences.

Elsewhere, Ruben Fleischer ("") is eyed to helm a family adventure film, "", for Disney. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the story revolves around a recently divorced father trying to save his relationship with his son and defuse a hostage situation.

The movie was initially developed at Sony before the Mouse House quietly picked it up when it faced roadblock a year ago. Oren Uziel ("") writes the screenplay which is described as "Home Alone" in an FAO Schwarz-esque toy store. Neal Moritz of the "" franchise serves as a producer.

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