Ben Affleck Writing, Directing, Starring in The Town
by Alex Billington
September 15, 2008
Ben Affleck will write, direct, and star in The Town, an adaptation of the romance/heist novel "Prince of Thieves" written by Chuck Hogan. Affleck proved he was a very capable filmmaker last year with his directorial debut on Gone Baby Gone, a personal favorite that has been on my mind recently after watching What Doesn't Kill You. Described as similarly toned to Gone Baby Gone, the story involves a high-tension love triangle between a female bank manager, a longtime thief who stole more than her heart and an equally smitten FBI agent trying to bust the crook and his gang before they can pull another big job. Given how much I loved his first film, I'm excited to see what Affleck is capable of the second time around.
Affleck is doing a rewrite on the script that was first written by Peter Craig. Affleck is also planning to star as the thief who falls in love with the manager of a bank. Graham King is producing under his production company and the film is setup at Warner Brothers. The story in the film is based in Charlestown, Massachusetts, with is a gritty blue-collar Boston suburb similar to the one in Gone Baby Gone, making this another hometown movie for Affleck. I would much rather prefer Affleck just stay behind the camera and find actors to better fulfill the roles, like his brother Casey Affleck, but right now that doesn't seem to be the case. Otherwise, this sounds like another hit in the works and I can't wait to see it come together.
The book has been receiving quite a few great reviews, including this one from Amazon. "Chuck Hogan has written a marvelous book. The characters are richly drawn and you can see them in your mind - the action, and the mystery all come alive. The old neighborhoods of Boston and Charlestown are engraved in memory." I've been anxiously awaiting the announcement of Ben Affleck's next directorial gig, because Gone Baby Gone was such an extraordinary film and he has so much more talent behind the camera that has yet to be tapped. This really sounds like another perfect story for Affleck to write and direct and should turn out fantastic. Who else thought Ben Affleck did a great job with Gone Baby Gone?