‘Crazy Heart’ Director Scott Cooper Exits Warner Bros.’ Stephen King Adaptation (Exclusive)

The studio brought in the director to re-write and direct “The Stand” earlier this year

“Crazy Heart” director Scott Cooper has fallen off of “The Stand,” Warner Bros.’ planned film adaptation of the Stephen King novel, according to two individuals familiar with the project.

The studio tapped Cooper to re-write and direct the project a few months ago, and the split was due to “creative differences,” according to one of those individuals.

No replacement has been hired, though the project has been a priority for Warner Bros.

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Cooper signed on to make the post-apocalyptic horror film after Ben Affleck backed off. Affleck will instead direct and star in “Live By the Night,” another prized adaptation at the studio.

CBS Films is co-producing and co-presenting the film, which has a first draft by David Kajganich. Roy Lee is producing with Jimmy Miller.

Cooper has been developing a bevy of other projects, and his latest film, the revenge drama “Out of the Furnace,” opens in theaters Dec. 6. He is represented by CAA and attorney Darren Trattner.