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Ben Affleck Confirms Live By Night as His Next Feature

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Source: MTV , Dennis Lehane
January 10, 2013


Although his name has been connected to the project for some time, Ben Affleck officially confirmed today with MTV that his next directing project will be another adaptation of a book by Dennis Lehane (Gone Baby Gone). His plans for the project, Live By Night, are the reason he was forced to drop out of the upcoming Focus, which he was planning to star in opposite Kristen Stewart.

"Basically, I'm doing this movie called 'Live By Night,'" Affleck tells the site. "and I'm trying to meet this schedule in order to do it and meet the back end so I can have it released at the right time."

Published last fall, Live By Night is officially described as follows:

Boston, 1926. The '20s are roaring. Liquor is flowing, bullets are flying, and one man sets out to make his mark on the world.

Prohibition has given rise to an endless network of underground distilleries, speakeasies, gangsters, and corrupt cops. Joe Coughlin, the youngest son of a prominent Boston police captain, has long since turned his back on his strict and proper upbringing. Now having graduated from a childhood of petty theft to a career in the pay of the city's most fearsome mobsters, Joe enjoys the spoils, thrills, and notoriety of being an outlaw.

But life on the dark side carries a heavy price. In a time when ruthless men of ambition, armed with cash, illegal booze, and guns, battle for control, no one—neither family nor friend, enemy nor lover—can be trusted. Beyond money and power, even the threat of prison, one fate seems most likely for men like Joe: an early death. But until that day, he and his friends are determined to live life to the hilt.

Joe embarks on a dizzying journey up the ladder of organized crime that takes him from the flash of Jazz Age Boston to the sensual shimmer of Tampa's Latin Quarter to the sizzling streets of Cuba. Live by Night is a riveting epic layered with a diverse cast of loyal friends and callous enemies, tough rumrunners and sultry femmes fatales, Bible-quoting evangelists and cruel Klansmen, all battling for survival and their piece of the American dream. At once a sweeping love story and a compelling saga of revenge, it is a spellbinding tour de force of betrayal and redemption, music and murder, that brings fully to life a bygone era when sin was cause for celebration and vice was a national virtue.
Sounds awesome, I don't want Ben to star even though I know he would be awesome I'd prefer a supporting role.
I feel like I should start reading some Dennis Lehane.
Sounds like it will fit Affleck like a glove.
Boston setting gangsters sounds really cool I really look forward to this heck I think I will read the book.

On another note this author has had his books adapted by some amazing directos Scorese Eastwood Affleck.
Sounds really good, havent seen Argo yet but loved The Town, this sounds similar to that but obviously set in a different time.
Denis lehane, heard Leo dicaprio to star, directed by affleck.

This has Oscar bait all over it
Get Gary Oldman please.
I feel like I should start reading some Dennis Lehane.

My wife bought me "A Drink Before the War" and "Darkness, Take My Hand" couple years back. I HIGHLY recommend both. I really need to read the other books in that series.
B Affleck is still a *****e. But, less *****ey behind the camera rather than in front. Hasn't he already done a film like this before anyways?
You are all forgetting that Affleck was the bomb in Phantoms.
why would Affleck agree to even talk to her for this movie? why does he need trouble with her?
In a world where we have successfully cloned Lohan twice, Emma Stone and Jane Levy, why go back to the nasty original model?
you are all forgetting that affleck was the bomb in phantoms.


I will say though, I kinda wanna see Affleck adapt an original script for once. He's not a bad writer in his own right. Him and Damon should do another script!
Some sources are reporting that Affleck apparently visited Lohan in rehab.

Oh no...

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