With his second Oscar under his belt for "Argo" and a plethora of options in front of him -- the Stephen King adaptation "The Stand," the remake of "Tell No One," and out his brewing Whitey Bulger biopic -- the filmmaker will be returning home for another Boston tale, albeit one that will see him raiding the costume departments.
First circling the project last fall, today it was made official, with Affleck to write, direct and star in the adaptation of Dennis Lehane's "Live By Night." Pre-production begins today on the story set during the Prohibition in Boston, centering on Joe Coughlin, the son of a cop who finds himself slipping into a life of organized crime. As he climbs the ladder of organized crime, he journeys from Tampa to Cuba, encounters various dames, lowlifes and more in tale of revenge and redemption. So basically, it sounds awesome.
Of course, the last time Affleck tackled Lehane, it was for "Gone Baby Gone," and that was a crackerjack and we expect nothing less here. Production is aiming to start in the fall, so casting news is likely not too far away.