A few months ago, we heard that Ben Affleck
, who wasn’t nominated
for Best Director during this morning Oscar nominations announcements, would direct an adaptation of Dennis Lehane
’s 1920s Boston crime drama Live by Night
During a recent interview on MTV
Affleck confirmed that he’s currently working on the screenplay and that Live By Night is something he’s pushing to be his next film. He literally said:
Basically I’m doing a movie called Live by Night and I’m trying to meet this schedule in order to do it, in order to meet the back end so that I can have it released at the right time, and I just hadn’t gotten enough writing done and it became clear that if I took that job (acting in Focus) and was in Buenos Aires for three months, I was gonna miss the deadline. I had to choose between getting the movie out when I want to or doing this one, so reluctantly I chose the [former]. But I love those guys, I love Kristen, I was really excited to work with her, I think the movie’s gonna be fabulous, and I’m sure they’ll find a great guy for it.
Affleck was previously in talks to star in Focus, a romantic conman movie from Glenn Ficarra
and John Requa
with Kristen Stewart
as the female lead.
Affleck’s directorial debut, Gone Baby Gone
, is also adapted from the Boston novelist’s book and Live by Night feels like a good vehicle for encouraging further growth in Affleck’s career.
I wouldn’t be surprised either if he was aiming to start filming later this year for a fall 2014 release.