With a stellar career and two Oscars on his mantle — best picture “Argo” and best original screenplay for “Good Will Hunting” — Ben Affleck is gearing up for production later this year in his native Boston for his next film, an adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s Prohibition-era gangster novel “Live By Night.”
Affleck has turned to Lehane’s crime novels for source material before. In 2007, he directed Casey Affleck in his feature directorial debut “Gone Baby Gone” — for my money, Affleck’s best film — which was also set in Boston. From a novel by Chuck Hogan, his 2010 “The Town” took place in the City on a Hill as well.
Allegedly, Affleck will also take the lead in “Live By Night,” about a rags-to-riches criminal who goes from petty thief to rum runner. Every film adapted from Lehane has been a critical and commercial success, from Clint Eastwood’s moody revenge drama “Mystic River” to Martin Scorsese’s spooky “Shutter Island.” Lehane nabbed a WGA Award in 2008 when he worked on HBO’s “The Wire” alongside David Simon. He has knack for capturing time and place that Affleck rendered well in “Gone Baby Gone.”
For now, you can see Affleck ambling aimlessly and whispering in Terrence Malick’s “To the Wonder.” Later this year, he will appear opposite Justin Timberlake in the crime thriller “Runner Runner” as a bad-ass businessman. Check out our interview with Affleck here.