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Ben Affleck wants to tackle adaptation of Dennis Lehane's Live By Night next

10.11.2012
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Anyone checking out ARGO this weekend? Ben Affleck seems to be doing a pretty good job with his directing career. Also, as you may have already noticed we've been very Affleck-centric on the site this week. Jimmy-O gave ARGO a 10/10 in his review of the film. Not too shabby.

Currently, Affleck is in talks with Warner Bros. about directing an adaptation of Dennis Lehane's LIVE BY NIGHT. The book was published this month by William Morrow. Affleck is familiar with Lehane's material since his debut directorial effort, GONE BABY GONE was derived from Lehane's book. Scripting duties will go to Affleck as well.

Here's a description of LIVE BY NIGHT content: "Live By Night uses some of the characters from Lehaneís sprawling period novel The Given Day and brings them into Prohibition. The focus is Joe Coughlin, the black sheep son of a police captain who gets involved in escalating levels of organized crime during Prohibition."

Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson Killoranís Appian Way secured the rights earlier this year. Pearl Street, the WB-based company that Affleck shares with Matt Damon will share producing duties with Appian.

Extra Tidbit: Sam Raimi once optioned the material, but that fell through.
Source: Deadline

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5:52AM on 10/12/2012
But-- What about THE STAND?! Isn't Affleck supposed to be doing a two-part adaptation?!
But-- What about THE STAND?! Isn't Affleck supposed to be doing a two-part adaptation?!
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10:06PM on 10/11/2012

Dennis Lehane+Ben Affleck = Winning formula

But is there any perticular reason for adapting the sequel first instead of the original novel (Given Day)?? This is nontheless a great news as Lehane is a great writer and whatever Affleck touches nowadays is gold (more so if DiCaprio also stars as the central character, fingers crossed!). Though I'd be more happy if Affleck tackled the next book after GBG, Prayers for Rain (my personal favorite). Oh well...
But is there any perticular reason for adapting the sequel first instead of the original novel (Given Day)?? This is nontheless a great news as Lehane is a great writer and whatever Affleck touches nowadays is gold (more so if DiCaprio also stars as the central character, fingers crossed!). Though I'd be more happy if Affleck tackled the next book after GBG, Prayers for Rain (my personal favorite). Oh well...
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