Ben Affleck to Direct & Star in Dennis Lehane’s ‘Live By Night’

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Ben Affleck has been a household name since he co-wrote and appeared in Good Will Hunting back in 1997. However, when Affleck jumped behind the camera to direct Gone Baby Gone ten years later, he proved that his future behind the camera just might eclipse his acting career.

That film – based on the Dennis Lehane novel of the same name – was just the starting point. Since then, Affleck again wowed both critics and audiences with his subsequent effort, The Town (2010), while his third release, Argo, is already garnering rave reviews and significant Oscar buzz. Now, on the eve of that film’s theatrical launch, comes news that Affleck may helm another Lehane adaptation.

According to Deadline, Affleck is in talks to helm a film adaptation of Lehane’s latest novel, Live By Night, for Warner Bros. In addition to directing duties, Affleck would write, produce, and star in the film. Previous films based on Lehane novels include Clint Eastwood’s Mystic River and Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island.

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Gone Baby Gone was based on the fourth entry in Lehane’s series centered on private investigators Patrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro, but Live By Night will feature characters from Lehane’s 2008 period novel, The Given Day. It follows the son of a police captain as he falls into a life of organized crime. No word yet on which character Affleck would play, though it’s likely he’ll appear as the lead character.

Given his experience, Affleck could be an excellent choice to bring Lehane’s words to life onscreen, and Live By Night is just the latest indication that the former Daredevil star is on his way to becoming one of the most sought-after filmmakers around. He was recently rumored to helm the Justice League film (though that ultimately rang false) and remains attached to direct a new adaptation of Stephen King’s The Stand.

Are you looking forward to Affleck’s return to Lehane’s work? Or should he place his focus on something new instead? Let us know in the comments.

Stay tuned to Screen Rant for further details on Live By Night as this story develops.


Source: Deadline

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  1. I’m just hoping he doesn’t become another Del Toro, man has too many good projects on his hands he can’t finish or start half of them or ends up leaving them to production nightmare. Del Toro is often a good director but he is just focusing on way too many. Hellboy 2 was medicore at its best, well he hasn’t directed much films but he’s still in the starter league range much like Affleck.

    • No, Hellboy 2 was much better than “mediocre at best” and he also isnt in “the starter league range.” Just because a guy dosnt make a movie every 2 years dosnt mean hes a starting filmmaker.

  2. Say what you want about his acting, but he’s an amazing director. I sort of with the Justice League would’ve gone to him.

  3. I’m just hoping he becomes another Del Toro, man has too many good films. Del Toro is always a good director. Hellboy 2 was a great movie and they need to make a sequel.

    • Oh my god you again :) your 1 in a million! Keep spreading my name my true fan!

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        • Thanks buddy :)

          • I really hope you’re not just talking to a second account you made…

            • Pretty sure he is.
              This guy is a whole new kind of troll…

  4. i’m still hoping they do the stand. i would also like him to direct an MCU film. i bet he could do something good with the hulk, or, if marvel now officially has the rights to daredevil back, maybe direct that. would be cool to see his take on the character, but please let someone else play the part, as i think he makes a better director than an actor.

  5. Yes! Lehane and Affleck were made to be together! I hope that Affleck will direct Lehane’s sequel to Gone Baby Gone, the great (but not perfect) Moonlight Mile. I hope he also gets to direct The Given Day….someday.

  6. and I had no idea that The Given Day has a “sequel.” AWESOME!!!!

  7. IMO ‘Gone Baby Gone’ is overrated, but ‘The Town’ was pretty good and I’m looking forward to watching ‘Argo’.

    This new movie could be good, but I guess only time will tell… one thing’s for sure though, Affleck is definitely a talented director.

    • I have to disagree with you Mr. Avenger.
      I loved Gone Baby Gone and actually think it’s under rated and while I enjoyed The Town I think it’s a bit over rated. Now, before I get slammed bye others I have to say I liked The Town and think Affleck did a fantastic job I just think the ending is a bit messy and convenient.

      • No one’s gonna slam you.
        It’s a perfectly legitimate opinion… I don’t agree with it, but I can accept it ;)

  8. I’m just happy more books are up for adaptation instead of another awful remake. I know people hate a bad adaptation almost as much as remakes but I think a fresh story helps everyone…

  9. I never put 2 & 2 together and realized Mystic River, Shutter Island and Gone Baby Gone were written bye the same writer.
    So if I’m LeHane I’m a pretty happy guy.
    I agree mostly with others that Affleck is 2 for 2 and from what I hear and will see tomorrow 3 for 3 as a director so he’s earned some faith IMO directing. I’m still a bit nervous with him acting though. I hear and read that he does another solid job as an actor in Argo so maybe after that my fears will once and for all subside but there’s still a pretty big catalog of shoddy performances stuck in my mind.

  10. Agree with Kevin7 about Gone Baby and The Town. Will be excellent wedding of talent between Affleck and Lehane. The Stand a waste of Affleck’s considerable talent. Hope for a better choice of a Stephen King novel.

  11. Leonardo Dicaprio will star. WB has already made him commit to it.