Captain Phillips director Paul Greengrass is reportedly being sought to helm troubled film The Stand.

According to Badass Digest, Warner Bros are seeking the English director to save their adaptation of the Stephen King epic.

The previous replacement director Scott Cooper recently exited the project. He had stepped in to substitute for Ben Affleck, who departed earlier in the year.

Greengrass most recently directed the highly-acclaimed Captain Phillips, starring Tom Hanks as the captain of a merchant ship under siege from Somali pirates.

The Stand is a Stephen King tale about the release of a biological agent that kills the majority of mankind.

Survivors separate into two factions, with one trying to forge a better world while the other group gives in to their baser instincts.

The Stand was previously adapted into a television miniseries in 1994.