Actor and director Ben Affleck recently told GQ during an interview that adapting Stephen King’s classic apocalyptic novel, THE STAND, into film was proving a challenge, but he is committed to seeing it through, possibly as a trilogy. Said Affleck:
“Right now we’re having a very hard time. 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?”
Worst Previews has a little more detail here.