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Ben Affleck just won the Oscar for Best Picture, so how does he celebrate? Aside from spending time with his family, he’s already lining up more projects to follow Argo. One could be another patriotic tale, set in the Revolutionary War.
According to Deadline, Warner Bros. has just made a deal with Pearl Street Films and has won the screen rights to Nathaniel Philbrick’s Bunker Hill: A City, A Siege, A Revolution, which Viking will publish on April 30. It’s being set up as a potential project for Affleck. While the director works on an adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s Live by Night, he will give the book to Chris Terrio, who won an Oscar for writing Argo.
In Bunker Hill, Philbrick sets out to give a new perspective on the battle of Bunker Hill in Boston in 1775. The novel focuses on Joseph Warren, a 33-year-old physician who becomes a leader of the Patriot cause. The events at Bunker Hill light the fuse that starts the American Revolution.
This is the second Philbrick novel in development in Hollywood. Ron Howard is linked to direct In The Heart of the Sea, based on Philbrick’s book about the real ship that inspired Moby Dick. Chris Hemsworth is set to star.
Affleck’s next movie is likely to be Live By Night, but he has several other projects in the works. IndieWire notes that he is also working on Stephen King’s The Stand, a Tell No One remake and a movie about the Yankees called The Trade.