Ben Affleck eyes another Dennis Lehane novel

Keen to adapt Live By Night

Ben Affleck’s next directorial outing could see him return to the books of Dennis Lehane, with the Gone Baby Gone helmer apparently keen on the novel, Live By Night.

Another Boston-set odyssey, the novel is set during 1926, when America was enduring the height of Prohibition, and underground booze operations were making a lot of gangsters very rich.

The story follows policeman’s son Joe Coughlin (who made an appearance in another of Lehane’s novels, The Given Day), who finds himself becoming embroiled in a life of organised crime as he turns his back upon his strict upbringing.

Affleck is reportedly in talks with Warners over making Live By Night his next film, and if successful, will direct, write, star and produce, as has become his wont.

The project had initially been linked to Leonardo DiCaprio, whose production company will still share a producing credit, but now looks likely to fall into Affleck’s hands. No bad thing, if Gone Baby Gone was any indicator…

Does Live By Night sound like a good fit for Affleck? Tell us, below!


    • alexr

      Oct 12th 2012, 15:38

      Affleck is certainly becoming an accomplished filmmaker. I predict a Best Film/Best Director Oscar win for him sometime in the next 5 years.

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    • alexr

      Oct 12th 2012, 15:39

      And could we possibly see him win an acting gong if he is directing himself?

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    • Ali1748

      Oct 12th 2012, 16:05

      That sounds like a great film, please make it Ben !

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    • Desperation

      Oct 12th 2012, 21:39

      I'd rather he stick to writing, directing and producing, to be honest. His acting is decidedly hit-and-miss.

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    • Ali1748

      Oct 13th 2012, 11:33

      Ben's a great actor given the right material just look at Hollywood Land.

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