Ben Affleck’s has wanted to make “Live By Night,” an adaptation of crime writer Dennis Lehane’s Prohibition-era gangster novel, since 2013. His busy acting slate, from starring in “Gone Girl” to upcoming “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” may have kept him from settling into the director’s chair for the first time since 2012 Best Picture winner “Argo.”
But he will finally get back behind the camera this November, according to Variety, to helm the project now that he has the Warner Bros. greenlight. He’s also in talks to direct and co-write a new Batman standalone, to star himself as the Caped Crusader.
Affleck has turned to Lehane’s crime novels for source material before. In 2007, he directed Casey Affleck in feature directorial debut “Gone Baby Gone,” also a Boston-set noir. Writer/director Affleck will star as a rags-to-riches criminal who goes from petty thief to rum runner, alongside co-stars Elle Fanning, Sienna Miller and Zoe Saldana. Affleck will produce with Jennifer Todd via their Pearl Street banner, with Appian Way’s Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson Killoran also overseeing.
Warner Bros. hopes for an October 7, 2016 release, but nothing’s in stone yet. Affleck wrapped director Gavin O’Connor’s “The Accountant” last Spring, which we should see next year, when he’ll also have superhero movie chores to do.