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 … Continue reading

Ben Affleck’s Next Film, ‘Live By Night’

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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.

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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.

Excerpt from Official Synopsis:

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

  • Randall Emerson Appleby

    Now that Affleck’s got the golden spotlight post “Argo” winning best picture, it seems that all the elitist-”cinephile”-haters are creep’n out to keep him in check? I’m of the same mind that he’s not the second coming, but I’ll be damned if he’s not won me over with his wonderfully concise style (I despise this Nolan era we currently live in), and choice of material alone! I’m loving how intelligently reigned in he’s responded to his recent Oscar win by passing on directing some bullshit superhero movie thrown his way by some major studio, and instead opting to stick with what he knows best, and has already done well, fuggin Boston based crime sagas.

  • Darth Kaos

    I totally agree…….I also despise this Nolan era. Affleck is smart, and he has developed a style of his own, which I like. I dig when people re-invent themselves and it works.

  • Amano Jack

    A great deal of this book takes place in Tampa; Boston is just the setup. I’m afraid Dennis Lehane writes material that is too nuanced for Affleck to do it justice. If I were Dennis Lehane, I’d much rather have Scorsese continue to adapt my work instead of him. Watching Affleck continue to direct himself as an actor is like catching somebody masturbating in front of a camera…I don’t want to see that.

  • Mackenzie Fraser

    I really like Affleck, but I don’t think he’s a “great” filmmaker. He makes what I’d classify as “solid” films. They are well made and above average in their quality but they just don’t quite reach that next level.