GQ, in an interview with Ben Affleck got the following quote:
"Right now we're having a very hard time," he said. "But I like the idea -- it's like 'The Lord of the Rings' in America. And it's about how we would reinvent ourselves as a society. If we started all over again, what would we do?"
It was previously reported by Vulture that Affleck would direct the Warner version of The Stand with David Kajganic writing the screenplay.