Ben Affleck May 'Focus' with 'Crazy, Stupid, Love' Directing Duo Next

October 9, 2012

Ben Affleck

This weekend, the much buzzed about Oscar contender Argo from director Ben Affleck hits theaters, officially kicking off awards season. Affleck also stars in his own film, but his next acting role might keep him out of the director's chair this time. Deadline has word that Warner Bros. is currently in talks with Affleck to star in Focus, the next film from Crazy, Stupid, Love directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa. Originally the duo wanted to get Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone back together for the film, but the two must have been too busy to sign on. Affleck's involvement is contingent on the female lead though.

The film follows a veteran conman (Affleck) who gets involved with a newcomer to the grifter business and they end up getting a little romantic. However, things get complicated since they both lie, cheat and steal for a living. Going their separate ways, apparently things get even more interesting when they run into each other again, this time with their romantic past haunting their every turn. The film is said to be more of a comedy than a drama, but since Crazy, Stupid, Love had a fair share of both, I'm betting we'll see that dynamic at play here too. But who will Warner Bros. get to star opposite Affleck? Any suggestions?

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Ficarra and Requa made a great movie with I Love You Phillip Morris, but they are becoming increasingly uninteresting with each piece of announced news. Now instead of Ryan Gosling we might get Ben Affleck for their next movie? Talk about a downgrade.

nightgoat72 on Oct 9, 2012


Seriously?! Crazy, Stupid, Love, Bad Santa, and I Love You Phllip Morris are all fantastic and unique films. I'd much rather they expand their range for their next project than working with Gosling and Stone again as well so I'm excited to hear that Affleck is attached.

Matt Peloquin on Oct 9, 2012


Yeah, seriously. I think BS and CSL are both mediocre, and swapping out Gosling for Affleck means swapping out one of the my favorite modern actors for...probably my least favorite actor of all time. So yeah, seriously. I guess these guys might be one-hit wonders for me.

nightgoat72 on Oct 9, 2012

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