Ben Affleck chooses Live By Night as his next project
As I started writing this news, I came to the realization that official news about Ben Affleck’s next project is exciting. That blows my mind since I still think of Ben Affleck as Chuckie from GOOD WILL HUNTING. But the guy can direct, as proven by three great films and his Best Picture Academy Award for ARGO. So for those of you anxious to see which film he was going to officially commit to next, you can rest easy that he’ll be adapting Dennis Lehane’s (who also wrote GONE BABY GONE that Affleck directed) novel ‘Live By Night’ and returning to the comfort of Boston. Pre-production on the film actually started today for the film that Ben Affleck will produce, direct, write and star in the film. The official synopsis is below and it sounds like quite a meaty project for Affleck.
LIVE BY NIGHT official book description: Boston, 1926. Prohibition has given rise to an endless network of underground distilleries, speakeasies, gangsters, and corrupt cops. Joe Coughlin, the youngest son of a prominent police captain, has graduated from a childhood of petty theft to a career in the pay of the city’s most fearsome mobsters. But life on the dark side carries a heavy price. 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. Joe’s dizzying journey up the ladder of organized crime takes him from the flash of Jazz Age Boston to the sensual shimmer of Tampa’s Latin Quarter to the sizzling streets of Cuba. Live by Night is a riveting epic layered with loyal friends and callous enemies, tough rumrunners and sultry femmes fatales, Bible-quoting evangelists and cruel Klansmen, all battling for survival and their piece of the American dream.