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.