After taking the top honor at The Oscars for Argo, Ben Affleck has begun pre-production on his next film, the prohibition-era novel Live By Night, written by Dennis Lehane.
This will be the second Lehane novel that Affleck directs; the first was Affleck’s debut film, Gone Baby Gone.
So far, Affleck is the only known cast member.
The film is eying an August-September start date.
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.
SOURCE: Deadline, Dennis Lehane Website