Stephen King's 'The Stand' is certainly a massive undertaking for any director, which is why it's understandable when Ben Affleck says he's having a hard time with the project right now.

Last October it was reported that Ben Affleck had signed on to direct a film adaptation of Stephen King's 'The Stand' -- a post-apocalyptic story about the nature of good and evil and the ways in which those ideas take hold in a group of survivors following the government's accidental unleashing of a deadly virus. The novel was first published in 1978 and was adapted as a made-for-TV mini-series starring Gary Sinise and Molly Ringwald in 1994.

Affleck, whose latest film 'Argo' continues to be a hit at the box office, spoke about the status of the project in a recent interview with GQ:

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?

That's a pretty apt comparison. Writer David Kajganich ('Invasion') is currently scripting 'The Stand' for Affleck, but until they get everything sorted out, Affleck is working on his next film -- an adaptation of the Dennis Lehane novel 'Live By Night.'