Ben Affleck to Direct and Star in Africa Geopolitical Thriller

Published 1 year ago by , Updated May 9th, 2014 at 4:01 pm,

ben affleck africa thriller direct Ben Affleck to Direct and Star in Africa Geopolitical Thriller

With all the endless discussion and debates about Ben Affleck signing on to play Caped Crusader in the upcoming Man of Steel sequel, Batman vs. Superman (not the official title), the fact that Affleck is also coming off headlining and directing a Best Picture Oscar-winning film (with the historical drama/thriller Argo) has ended up being pushed to the side. (Such is the power of DC superheroes.)

Fortunately, the actor – who also has an Oscar for co-writing Good Will Hunting – has got a couple of projects in the works, to take his mind off the pressure of playing Bruce Wayne. Affleck is currently starring in David Fincher’s Gone Girl novel adaptation and will begin working on Batman vs. Superman in early 2014. After that, he should be able to start working on his next directing/starring vehicle, Live By Night - adapted from the historical crime drama book written by Dennis Lehane (Gone Baby Gone, Shutter Island) – and, possibly thereafter, get to shooting his planned Whitey Bulger biopic, starring BFF Matt Damon.

Deadline is reporting that Warner Bros. has assigned Will Staples – the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 video game writer-turned screenwriter of upcoming films like King of Heists (with Jeremy Renner attached to star) – to script a modern geopolitical drama/thriller set in Africa, as another future starring/directing vehicle for Affleck. In addition, Affleck plans to produce the film (which is currently without an official title), alongside Damon and Jennifer Todd through their WB-based Pearl Street banner.

Argo Review starring Ben Affleck and John Goodman Ben Affleck to Direct and Star in Africa Geopolitical Thriller

Between Gone Baby Gone, The Town and, of course, Argo, Affleck has continued to prove that he has matured into a very good storyteller, who specialty is combining genuine thrills with more thoughtful narrative substance. The proposed Africa-set thriller – based on an idea that Affleck pitched to Staples – sounds like yet another worthwhile project for him to focus on time and energy on making.

Here is a more in-depth description of the project, as taken from the Deadline report:

The film is set in Africa, where a bunch of mercenaries are hired to kill a warlord who has been victimizing his own people. The film is both an action movie and an examination of the moral ambiguities of how philanthropy and foreign assistance veers into modern day neocolonialism. It also tracks how involvement in the affairs of foreign countries is always a good deal more complicated than anticipated in the planning stages.

One area where Argo could’ve arguably stood some improvement – as mentioned in Screen Rant‘s official review – was in regard to the important political/social themes; that is, the ones it does touch upon, just not with as much attention as might’ve been desirable. Affleck – as a director – has refined his craft with every subsequent movie he’s made thus far, and it sounds as though this untitled Africa-based project will give him a chance to continue doing just that.


Source: Deadline

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  1. Bit like Blood Diamond? I’m up for that!

  2. Another movie about Afrika with a white Westerner in the lead? That’s frikkin’ awesome.

  3. Sounds pretty good, definitely looking forward to this.

  4. Can you think how to get a better explanation of how Westerners have completely f**ked up an entire continent to a larger audience?

    • @stefan_san

    • The Chinese are in there right now getting their mitts on everything from gold to diamonds to oil to minerals to precious metals to everything but a cure for Ebola monkey disease. They are opportunists but maybe a bit smarter than they look politically, with a finger in every exploitative pie. Maybe we should peek around the palm-trees at them and see what they are up to? (They are moving into everything from South America to cyber-space, and slowly surrounding us. Maybe we should get ready to kick them in the eggrolls if they try any hostile geopolitical moves? Forewarned is forearmed!).

  5. I don’t understand why would Affleck accept the Batman gig. He’s an award winning director with all the money and fame in the world. Superhero vehicles USUALLY star up in coming actors trying to break into the game, or they star actors who aren’t household names that are waiting for a big time gig. Affleck doesn’t fit into any of those categories plus the guy has the director’s itch. Why would he would he decide to play Batman at this moment in his life, when he could be focusing on becoming the modern day Clint Eastwood (in terms of the actor/director). I just don’t get it.

    • #offtopic

      • +1000000000000000000000000000000000000000

    • Because he, the director, casting director and the screenwriter think he is best for the part?

    • because he is a HUGE comic-book fan, batman being among his favorites. I’m pretty sure that when WB offered the part to him it was a no-brainer. Why wouldn’t he want to do it? hell, why wouldn’t anyone want to do it? it’s freaking batman!

      • +1
        If someone asks you to be Batman, you be Batman.

        • RDJ came off an Oscar nominated movie about Charlie Chaplin early in his career and was a pretty big name before he ruined his career and came back in a huge way with Iron Man so it’s not just up and comers who people waiting for their big break.

          Same can be said about Samuel L Jackson as Nick Fury too and several others in comic book movies over the decades (Wesley Snipes as Blade, Alec Baldwin as The Shadow, Liam Neeson as Darkman, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow etc).

          • Ben Affleck seems like he’s a new man looking at his recent work. I think he deserves a second shot to see what this Affleck’s got.

    • I’d play Green Lantern, or Flash, or Doctor Fate, or Hourman, or even The Atom…..

    • cause Ben Affleck always been a fan of Batman thats why he took the role

    • Robert Downey Junior is why Affleck is doing this.

      He sees himself in a similar career trajectory. Starting as a talented young talent with early recognition and success. Followed by a career crash and tabloid headlines.Followed by a revival as an older wiser actor who can be the lynch pin for a cinematic universe that puts his name out in front of mass audiences who will support his art house projects.

  6. …and here I was hoping for a remake of Hatari.

  7. Good. let’s hope he can win best director this time around.

  8. Movie sounds good. I will definitely quack “AFLACK” for Affleck and watch it if they make it. I like that kind of book & movie.

  9. Gotta keep my eyes on this. I like the guy. I really enjoyed the “Town”.

  10. I’m hoping to see Affleck direct justice league. Love his movies that he has directed!

    • and yet I still see folks protesting that idea of yours. this is why I thought it was a plus for the dc cinematic universe when he took on the batman role. one would hope he’d have some hand in what gets produced. or we could leave it to the same einstein’s who’ll debate the worth of further exploiting other dc properties until the day earth and venus form a single planet.

  11. Ben likes beans. Boston Strong

  12. Ben can do whatever he wants. If he decides to make Justice League, it will own. He will kill as Batman. Dude has played the hollywood game in the past but he is a true inspiration and worthy of following now. He knows where to step. He didnt take on the role of Batman to insult people. He is talented but in the end he knows that the end result needs to be financial success. Yep, just ask Billy

  13. Gone Baby Gone was a nice debut, The Town and Argo were very impressive, and Live By Night should be a very exciting film. I would like to see Affleck, Matt Damon, Robin Williams (a Good Will Hunting re-uniting of sorts), and Gwyneth Paltrow in this. Then, his next film should be the Whitey Bulger biopic starring Damon, Christian Bale, and Natalie Portman. His next film should be the African thriller starring Affleck, Chiwetal Ejiofor, and Brad Pitt. After this, I have an idea that he may want to take note of (I’m an aspiring director/screenwriter). The President (Morgan Freeman) addresses the citizens of the United States after the terrorist attack in Los Angeles. The Vice President (Gary Oldman) assembles a team, composed of a highly decorated admiral (Denzel Washington), a general (Matt Damon) that used to know the lead terrorist (Sean Bean), a secret service agent who used to box (Gerard Butler), a young, naive, and determined Air Force pilot (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), and a young, female Air Force pilot (Scarlett Johansson), and gives them coordinates to where they will try to find the terrorists as well as a contact (Adam Sandler). That night before they leave, tension builds as the admiral and general argue over who is in charge. The female Air Force pilot becomes jealous (she secretly likes him and they have a history together) of the male Air Force pilot after he reveals his fiancee (Brooklyn Decker). The secret service agent comes across a woman (Anne Hathaway), who he spends the night with but she makes duplicates of the information that was handed to him and sends it to the CIA director (Robert Downey Jr.). In a quick response to that, the CIA director sends out an agent (Christian Bale) to take out the team. This agent has marital problems and his wife (Natalie Portman) is exhausted of their constantly long distance relationship due to his job. As the team arrives at the location in the Middle East, they discover that the CIA has been training the terrorists. This would be a great movie if done right. Mr. Affleck, contact me if you read all this.

  14. So after “Argo”, Affleck has decided to do another fantasy film?

  15. Sorry if off topic, but when I saw that fir picture, I thought “dang, he looks like Batman/Bruce.