Ben Affleck May Direct Adaptation of 'Replay' for Warner Bros
After he turned down Tales from the Gangster Squad for his follow-up to the crime drama The Town, it looks like Warner Bros. found another project for Ben Affleck to helm. Deadline reports the studio is in early talks with Affleck to direct and star in an adaptation of the 1989 Ken Grimwood novel Replay, a project that spawned shortly after the book was published but never quite got off the ground. The story follows a 43-year old radio journalist who dies, wakes up in his 18-year old body, and gets to relive his life over and over, getting the opportunity to take roads he passed up the first time around. It's essentially a dramatic version of 17 Again.
Personally, I like the sound of Tales from the Gangster Squad better than this dramatic, reverse-telling of Big. I guess the script (from writer Jason Smilovic) and the source material must be really good if Affleck decided to take on the project. Maybe Affleck also liked the fact that he could take the lead role himself. Though he came through with flying colors on The Town, I'd like to see him stay behind the camera this time. Of course, it seems like the only decent roles Affleck gets nowadays are the ones where he casts himself in the lead, so I understand the appeal. Affleck is still keen on The Trade though, and he won't decide which project will be his next until both have new drafts of the script turned in.