We name some top contenders for the choice gig now that Gary Ross has exited
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Best known for: "The Shawshank Redemption," "The Walking Dead," "The Green Mile"
Pros: An Oscar-nominated journeyman director with tons of experience in adaptations. He's beloved (by most) for helming "Shawshank" and (by many) for launching "The Walking Dead" as a credible post-apocalyptic weekly drama. His Stephen King horror movie "The Mist" may not have been a success, but it demonstrated he's adept at a grittier style. He'd likely treat the material as seriously and respectfully as Ross.
Cons: His dance card may be full. After departing "Walking Dead" under not-so-amicable circumstances he's about to jump into another TV show -- TNT's "L.A. Noir."
- Geoff Berkshire