Ben Affleck is adding a new project to his already filled work plate. While the Oscar winner just recently wrapped “Live By Night” for Warner Bros, the filmmaker is in talks to direct and star in the adaptation of Agatha Christie’s short story “Witness For The Prosecution” for Fox.
Affleck is set to produce the project alongside Matt Damon, Jennifer Todd and the Agatha Christie estate. Christopher Keyser, creator of “Party of Five,” will pen the script based on the story about a lawyer who represents a man accused of murdering a wealthy widow who named him her sole heir.
The courtroom drama was first adapted for the screen in 1957 by Billy Wilder and starred Tyrone Power and Marlene Dietrich. The picture garnered six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor and Actress.
While Affleck may have big shoes to fill, the studio might have to wait a while until “Witness for the Prosecution” goes into production. The “Argo” helmer has a full schedule ahead and is currently filming “Justice League,” project which he also serves as executive producer. He’s also attached to direct and co-write a standalone Batman film for Warner Bros. and will no doubt be busy promoting his possible Oscar contender “Live By Night.” He will next be seen onscreen in Gavin O’Connor’s drama “The Accountant,” out October 14.