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After an Oscar winning break from Boston with Argo, Ben Affleck is going to go back to his hometown for his fourth project as director. Affleck is going to direct and star in Warner Bros.’ adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s Live By Night.
Deadline is reporting that it is official that Live By Night will be his follow-up to Argo, which won Best Picture at the Oscars in February. The site says that pre-production is beginning today and that shooting should start in August or September. However, Affleck is the only actor attached.
This is a project that has been at Warner Bros. before it was even published. Back in April 2012, the studio acquired it with plans to co-produce the film with Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way, which is still involved. Appian Way will now co-produce with Affleck and Matt Damon’s WB-based Pearl Street.
This is actually part of a trilogy by Lehane, which started with The Given Day, a novel that WB also has the rights to. Sam Raimi was attached, but that project didn’t get very far, notes Deadline.
Affleck made his directorial debut with 2007’s Gone Baby Gone, based on another Lehane novel. His 2010 film The Town was also based in Boston. He has also been linked to an adaptation of Bunker Hill: A City, A Siege, A Revolution by Nathaniel Philbrick.