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Ben Affleck to direct and possibly star in the fantasy film Replay?

10.20.2010
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Since the much-deserved success of THE TOWN, filmmaker Ben Affleck has become quite a commodity in Hollywood. After having brought in some money and clout to Warner Bros. (who's already going to end up having one hell of a year in the money and clout departments), the studio would like Affleck to direct and possibly star in a project that's been in development for over 20 years.

The project is called REPLAY, based on the 1989 Ken Grimwood novel of the same name and adapted by screenwriter Jason Smilovic ("My Own Worst Enemy", LUCKY NUMBER SLEVIN). According to Deadline, the story follows "a 43-year old radio journalist who dies, wakes up in his 18-year old body, and gets to relive his life over and over. With his original memory intact, he takes the opportunity to travel down roads he passed up the first time around." If that sounds similar to GROUNDHOG DAY, that's because Grimwood's novel had at one point been referenced as a precursor to the classic Harold Ramis comedy.

As mentioned, the book was first published in 1989, and at the time producer Lee Rich (THE SCORE, PASSENGER 57) first attempted to bring the project to the big screen but with failed results. It has languished since, until writer Smilovic turned in a draft that apparently has had various leading men circling the project. Will Affleck then take the lead here like he did with THE TOWN?

The other project Affleck's looking at right now is the recently discussed THE TRADE with bro Casey and bud Matt Damon possibly directing. Affleck will reportedly decide on one of these two projects once new drafts of their scripts are turned in.
Extra Tidbit: I think I might pop in GROUNDHOG DAY tonight.
Source: Deadline

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5:17PM on 10/22/2010
That sounds interesting. I think Affleck could pull it off.
That sounds interesting. I think Affleck could pull it off.
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2:33PM on 10/20/2010
Affleck has great ability as a director, and Replay is quite an awesome novel.
Affleck has great ability as a director, and Replay is quite an awesome novel.
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11:36AM on 10/20/2010
Sounds good and I am sure Affleck could pull it off since Gone Baby Gone and The Town were both phenomenal movies, but I am dieing to see him co-star again in a movie with Matt Damon.
Sounds good and I am sure Affleck could pull it off since Gone Baby Gone and The Town were both phenomenal movies, but I am dieing to see him co-star again in a movie with Matt Damon.
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10:51AM on 10/20/2010

Finally!

Since I first read that book I've been waiting for it to come to the big screen.
I wonder how faithful they will remain to the part were he meets the filmmaker that is using Lucas and Spielberg before they became famous.
Since I first read that book I've been waiting for it to come to the big screen.
I wonder how faithful they will remain to the part were he meets the filmmaker that is using Lucas and Spielberg before they became famous.
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9:33AM on 10/20/2010
yeah this plot definitely seems like a rehash of like 15 other movies, but it might be a nice change of pace for affleck, who hasn't done fantasy yet.
yeah this plot definitely seems like a rehash of like 15 other movies, but it might be a nice change of pace for affleck, who hasn't done fantasy yet.
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10:07AM on 10/20/2010
My guess is that this is a case of a novel inspiring movies that follow the same concept only to become outdated by those other movies. Even if this novel was original in its time, the delay and the other films with a similar concept might make it seem like a copy. This could be the case with this movie.
My guess is that this is a case of a novel inspiring movies that follow the same concept only to become outdated by those other movies. Even if this novel was original in its time, the delay and the other films with a similar concept might make it seem like a copy. This could be the case with this movie.
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