Ben Affleck Developing Geopolitical Thriller in Africa to Direct and Star
by Ethan Anderton
October 25, 2013
Following the Best Picture winning thriller Argo, director Ben Affleck has Live by Night set up as his next directorial effort after he finished shooting Batman vs. Superman. But after that, Affleck is setting up another potential project at Warner Bros. Deadline has word the studio and Pearl Street Films has hired Will Staples (who is behind the James Cameron and Sam Worthington project Myth) to script an untitled geopolitical thriller set in Africa, and it's being developed as a directing and starring vehicle for Affleck. The story sounds familiar as it follows mercenaries hired to kill a warlord who is victimizing his own people.
Seemingly merging the dramatic and action genres, the film is said to be "both an action movie and an examination of the moral ambiguities of how philanthropy and foreign assistance veers into modern day neocolonialism." The message also includes a depiction of the complicated turf that comes with getting involved with the affairs of foreign countries, especially the aspects that aren't anticipated before such moves into their affairs are made. That's something that was touched upon in Argo, so it's not surprising that Affleck came up with the idea for the film and tossed it over to Staples to script. Affleck's writing partner and longtime friend Matt Damon will also produce the film through their Pearl Street banner.
Reader Feedback - 8 Comments
I love Ben Affleck's direction. But I'm getting tired of him constantly slating himself to star in his own films.
Ray Hartley on Oct 25, 2013
It's because most people wouldn't touch him as an actor.
Steven on Oct 27, 2013
Just do a little research into African politics and this movie writes itself.
DAVIDPD on Oct 25, 2013
After Gone Baby Gone, The Town and Argo, you can't argue with Ben Affleck and his star/director movies and I really like political thrillers so I'll definitely be in the queue to see this on open night.
Alistair Stewart on Oct 26, 2013
I'm down. Affleck has proven himself.
Xerxexx on Oct 26, 2013
Are there none out there that see Affleck as the simplistic hack that he is? Starting with the silly and manipulative Good Will Hunting everything this guy does is so simplistic and dumb it amazes me how popular he's become. Argo was embarrassing. I walked out after ten minutes. I've tried several times to watch in on cable and just can't watch it as the whole thing is so dumb and manipulative and stupid flag waving rah rah American it's embarrassing. Are Americans, which I am, so insecure and unaware that they become blind to the imperialists behavior our country engaged in back in Iran at that time? I've been in the film biz for years and the whole Hollywood part of the movie was so dumb and immature comical nonsense all should be embarrassed at the film for that take. Argo, all go fuck yourself...jeez...what are we...freshmen in high school? Plus, he's a terrible and very, very narcissistic actor..unwatchable!! Sorry...the truth is rough. Deal with it!!
Bo on Oct 26, 2013
Three words... Gone Baby Gone.
Ray Hartley on Oct 26, 2013
JUST DONT PLAY IN IT AND I ANTICIPATE THAT WOULD BE A MASTERPIECE
Ehsan Davodi on Oct 28, 2013
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