Ben Affleck confirms Live By Night as his next movie

News Glen Chapman 11 Jan 2013 - 06:36

Affleck confirms Live By Night, his follow up to Argo, and explains his decision to bow out of Focus...

Argo was voted our film of the year for 2012 (and rightly so) which was something of a contentious decision if the comments section below the article was anything to go by. For full clarity, I was one of the writers that had it as their number one, so if you want to accuse me of hating geeks or whatever, feel free to do so.

Anyway, Ben Affleck has lined up his next project, and hopefully he won't be criminally overlooked for the Best Director Academy Award this time. In a recent interview, he confirmed that his next project will be the Dennis Lehane adaptation Live By Night, which had been rumoured for some time, and will (surprise surprise) be set in Boston.

Affleck also confirmed that the decision to take on this film led him to drop out of Focus with Kristen Stewart:

“Basically, I'm doing a movie called Live By Night, and I'm trying to meet my schedule in order to do it, in order to meet the back end so that I can have it released at the right time, and I just hadn't gotten enough writing done and it became clear that if I took the job and was in Buenos Aires for three months, I was gonna miss the deadline,” He said. “I had to choose between getting the movie out when I want to or doing this one, so reluctantly I chose the former. But I love the guys, I love Kristen, I was really excited to work with her, I think the movie's going to be fabulous, and I'm sure they'll find a great guy for it.”

With Affleck's profile as a director now being what it is, there's bound to be awards buzz around his future work, and when you add to that the calibre of Lahane adaptations to date (including Affleck's own Gone Baby Gone), Live By Night will be a hotly anticipated project for many. I'd also imagine landing a role in the movie will be a goal for many an actor.

More news on Live By Night when we get it.

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