Ben Affleck To Direct Political Thriller ‘Argo’

Published 4 years ago by , Updated March 9th, 2013 at 1:47 pm,

Ben Affleck directing Argo Ben Affleck To Direct Political Thriller Argo

Ben Affleck impressed fans and critics alike with his directorial debut Gone Baby Gone and then went on to prove those proclaiming “beginner’s luck” wrong by knocking it out of the park again with his second film, the Oscar-nominated The Town.

There has been a lot of interest in what Affleck would choose as his third directorial project, with various projects being rumored including Replay, about a man who keeps living his life over and over Groundhog Day-style; The Trade, about the 1970s wife swap of New York Yankees pitchers Fritz Peterson and Mike Kekich; and American Bullshit, about a famous 1980s FBI undercover investigation. However it appears that Affleck has chosen his next project in the form of the political thriller, Argo.

Variety reports that Affleck is officially in negotiations to direct Argo, which has been set up by producers George Clooney, Grant Heslov (The Men Who Stare At Goats) and David Klawans (Nacho Libre). The script was written by Chris Terrio (Heights), and Variety has the plot details:

“The plot centers on how the CIA, with help from Hollywood and the Canadian embassy, used a fake movie project to smuggle six Americans out of Tehran during the 1979 hostage crisis.

The ruse, concocted by CIA operative Tony Mendez, involved launching Studio Six Prods. to rescue the six diplomats who were hiding in the Canadian embassy. The Americans used disguises to pretend they were Canadians on a scouting trip for a big-budget Hollywood epic, titled ‘Argo.’”

The story is based on a 2007 Wired magazine article by Joshuah Bearmna entitled, “How the CIA Used a Fake Sci-Fi Flick to Rescue Americans from Tehran.”

Most of the projects Affleck has lined up as possibilities for his next directed film are based on real-life events (save for Replay). With Argo he certainly has a delicate subject to try and deal with but he has proved with both Gone Baby Gone and The Town that he knows how to handle tough issues and themes while still making an entertaining and thrilling film.

Can Affleck go three for three with Argo? At this point he has more than proven himself a very talented director, so there is little to doubt about him.

Source: Variety

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  1. I hope Ben Affleck’s acting career is relaunched. He has done some great films in his time and should receive some sort of recognition for his work as an actor.

    • I agree.

  2. He certainly picks interesting and challenging projects, I have huge respect for Affleck, he is a great actor and a fantastic director. If only he was directing Superman the world would be a better place.

    • I thought he was really good as George Reeves.

      • Hollywood land was one classy movie, absolutely loved it, Affleck deserved an oscar for that role. I hate that he wasnt able to direct The Man Of Steel.

        • Personally, I think he’s someone who’s going to stay away from blockbusters as both actor and director for a while. Part of what made Hollywoodland so convincing was the fact that his own career was identifiable with Reeves’ struggle to live up to the expectations of being larger than life. I’d much prefer to see him stay on the artistic path he’s been on with Hollywoodland, Gone Baby Gone and The Town.

          • Maybe you’re right there. But he is a great director, he knows what its like to be infront of the camera, when he does start moving onto the larger, I’ll definitely be watching.

            • I will too. As I recall from an interview, after making Armageddon, Affleck said he spoke to Kevin Smith and told him he wanted to get back to work with him making ‘real’ movies. Of course, I also remember that it was Affleck’s personal camera that was used to film the wedding footage from that blockbuster. To me, that shows how dedicated he was even then to learning the craft of film making.

    • Drsam I agree 100%. I absolutely loved The Town and yet thought Gone Baby Gone was actually better. I’ve also always liked him as an actor.

  3. Nobody kept him from directing Superman.
    He turned it down.
    I have seen quotes where he basically said he wasnt ready to direct a film of that size .

    • Perhaps. That’s certainly one story, I also heard he wouldnt have had any creative control over the project.

      • i actually heard it was both of those things that he felt he wasnt ready to direct a tent pole movie and that the studio had wanted to much control over the project, which sounds like is the problem on the new movie already. This will be a Superman Unlike anybefore and it will not be based on any superman comics , is pretty much what he said.

        • Snyder is obviously easy for them to control.

  4. Sounds pretty good, Affleck is a good director so I’ll watch it.

    • Indeed,The Town was amazing.

  5. Well it doest appear they controlled Singer very much,
    But they thought he was going to bring in X-Men box office numbers .
    They stood to make the money back, or so they thought.

  6. there is is a real good chance or Afflecto in clude moe humor in Argo.
    I mean , A CIA recue operation disguised as a Scifi film?
    Lot of possibilities there.

  7. There is a real chance for Affleck to include more humor in Argo as opposed to his previous films.
    I mean ,a CIA rescue operation disguised as a Scifi film?
    Lot of possibilities there .

  8. Yeah well the entire hostage crisis was allowed happen to humiliate Carter and drive US toward the middle east bs were involved with today. So the whole ideas lame and based on lies.

    Affleck I can take or leave him.

  9. hmmm interesting, I would have liked to see him helm the story of replay. It sounded really interesting and something a bit different than hes used to. Of course this movie is definitely different in its own way. My question to the rest of you is why do you think he’d be good at directing the new superman as opposed to snyder? Snyder has more experience with these types of movies and I feel he will bring a unique style to the superman lore. As for acting I have to say affleck is pretty middle of the road IMO. I don’t hate the guy but he doesn’t seem to show too much range of emotion in his characters from what I’ve seen. However I haven’t seen hollywoodland so I won’t totally rule him out as a mediocre actor… although I heard lots of mixed reviews about the film

    • Reviews of his performance in Hollywoodland were generally positive. And rightfully so.

  10. i really enjoyed the movie the town, lots of action, the directorial part wav very good, my friends saw the movie and it was totally a great thriller type. great director! would like to see more of ben afflecks directorial movies. congratulations!!!