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.
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.