With yet another rousing success as a director about to enter theaters, Ben Affleck the filmmaker has never found himself in a better position. Just one day before his best film to date, “Argo,” opens in theaters, word has come down the line about what may be Affleck’s next gig as a director.
According to Deadline, Affleck is in talks to direct an adaptation of the recently published Dennis Lehane novel, “Live By Night.”
Learn more about the project after the jump!
Though Affleck has a number of other projects in the works as a director, Deadline claims that it is Lehane’s novel that has his interest now. Affleck began his career as a director helming another Lehane adaptation, “Gone Baby Gone.”
“Live By Night” is the second book of a proposed trilogy. The series’ first installment, “The Given Day,” was originally optioned by Sam Raimi, but that project didn’t go very far.
Amazon Book Description:
Prohibition has given rise to an endless network of underground distilleries, speakeasies, gangsters, and corrupt cops. Joe Coughlin, the youngest son of a prominent Boston police captain, has long since turned his back on his strict and proper upbringing. Now having graduated from a childhood of petty theft to a career in the pay of the city’s most fearsome mobsters, Joe enjoys the spoils, thrills, and notoriety of being an outlaw.
But life on the dark side carries a heavy price. In a time when ruthless men of ambition, armed with cash, illegal booze, and guns, battle for control, no one—neither family nor friend, enemy nor lover—can be trusted. Beyond money and power, even the threat of prison, one fate seems most likely for men like Joe: an early death. But until that day, he and his friends are determined to live life to the hilt.
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