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Ben Affleck's follow-up to Argo will be an adaptation of Dennis Lehane's Live by Night

May. 7, 2013by:

After tons of speculation about what his next project would be, Ben Affleck has decided to return to a proven source, sort of. Deadline is reporting that Affleck will next adapt Dennis Lehane's novel LIVE BY NIGHT through Warner Bros. The novel will mark his second directorial effort after debuting with GONE BABY GONE back in 2007.

LIVE BY NIGHT is actually a sequel to Lehane's novel THE GIVEN DAY. Both stories follow a sprawling New England family through several generations of history. While THE GIVEN DAY focused on an Irish Boston cop and an African American baseball player during World War I, LIVE BY NIGHT tackles a story that follows in the footsteps of THE GODFATHER and GOODFELLAS.

A cops son falls in with bad guys and becomes one. But in Lehanes hands, the Prohibition-era tale of Joe Coughlins rise to criminal power is both fresh and nuanced, packed with guns, booze, and babes as it roars from Boston to Tampa to Cuba. As Coughlin crosses deeper into the dark side--among those who live by night and dance fast--he provokes the question that sustains this propulsive narrative: Can a man be a good mobster and a good person at the same time? Incredibly, Lehane, who becomes more masterful with each book, has us rooting for Coughlin even as he slowly becomes the kind of monster mobster he once reviled and rebelled against.

While it initially seemed odd to me that Affleck would be filming the second book in a series instead of the first chapter, the content does seem to keep in line with the types of stories he has told as a filmmaker. LIVE BY NIGHT will be co-produced by Affleck's buddies Matt Damon and Leonardo DiCaprio. DiCaprio previously appeared in the adaptation of Lehane's SHUTTER ISLAND.

I personally would have liked to see Affleck jump into his long developed take on Stephen King's THE STAND, but I will take whatever he is willing to put his talent to. LIVE BY NIGHT will be a great thriller/crime saga with him behind the camera.

Pre-production starts today on LIVE BY NIGHT with Affleck directing and starring as he did in ARGO and THE TOWN. No other cast has been announced. Who would you like to see join this project?

Source: Deadline

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2:51PM on 05/08/2013

Hmmm

It sounds like it may have shades of Breaking Bad. (Or vice versa )
It sounds like it may have shades of Breaking Bad. (Or vice versa )
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9:34PM on 05/07/2013
Ben Affleck is gold when he's behind the camera, not sure about being in front thou. Anyway, I'm still looking forward to see this movie.
Ben Affleck is gold when he's behind the camera, not sure about being in front thou. Anyway, I'm still looking forward to see this movie.
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4:41PM on 05/07/2013

Most will disagree

But I rank his directed films like this:
Gone Baby Gone, The Town, Argo. Yes he is a good director but I think he's better when he's not directing himself.
But I rank his directed films like this:
Gone Baby Gone, The Town, Argo. Yes he is a good director but I think he's better when he's not directing himself.
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7:07PM on 05/07/2013
Totally agree with you. I liked Argo, but found it to be not quite as good as his other 2 films. Which is odd since it won best picture, but I have a feeling that part of that has to do with the subject matter of Argo being more Oscar friendly and b/c voters felt Affleck was cheated from a best director nomination.
Totally agree with you. I liked Argo, but found it to be not quite as good as his other 2 films. Which is odd since it won best picture, but I have a feeling that part of that has to do with the subject matter of Argo being more Oscar friendly and b/c voters felt Affleck was cheated from a best director nomination.
4:00PM on 05/07/2013
Scanned for Affleck buzz words & there they are in paragraph 2: New England, Irish, Boston, Cop
Scanned for Affleck buzz words & there they are in paragraph 2: New England, Irish, Boston, Cop
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3:45PM on 05/07/2013

Read the book

I read the book, not even realizing it was a sequel and enjoyed it. Movie won't need the previous book being made to work I don't think.
I read the book, not even realizing it was a sequel and enjoyed it. Movie won't need the previous book being made to work I don't think.
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3:10PM on 05/07/2013
Hopefully Affleck casts Titus Welliver again. The guy has been in all three of Affleck films so far and is a really good underrated actor.
Hopefully Affleck casts Titus Welliver again. The guy has been in all three of Affleck films so far and is a really good underrated actor.
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3:08PM on 05/07/2013

He cast himself as the lead!?!

At least this time he's not trying to convince the world he's half-mexican. Honestly, it makes sense that he'd cast himself. Every director wants the best actors possible for their projects, and lucky for Ben, his favorite actor of all time is himself!
At least this time he's not trying to convince the world he's half-mexican. Honestly, it makes sense that he'd cast himself. Every director wants the best actors possible for their projects, and lucky for Ben, his favorite actor of all time is himself!
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3:01PM on 05/07/2013

Exactly what French-Dude said.

I'm really curious what kind of actors he is going to work with this time.
I'm really curious what kind of actors he is going to work with this time.
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2:57PM on 05/07/2013

hmm... thought this was announced a long time ago?

I've been looking forward to this for a while haha... can't wait to see Affleck jump into a Boardwalk Empire-style world, totally amped for this one!!
I've been looking forward to this for a while haha... can't wait to see Affleck jump into a Boardwalk Empire-style world, totally amped for this one!!
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2:56PM on 05/07/2013

Since I saw "Gone baby, gone"...

... I decided that I would see everything this guy would direct. And I have yet to be disappointed.
... I decided that I would see everything this guy would direct. And I have yet to be disappointed.
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2:55PM on 05/07/2013
I would love to see Affleck cast Jeremy Renner and Amy Ryan in this. They were incredible in The Town and Gone Baby Gone.

I'm sure Affleck will do a great job like he has three times already. The man could direct anything at this point and I would watch it.
I would love to see Affleck cast Jeremy Renner and Amy Ryan in this. They were incredible in The Town and Gone Baby Gone.

I'm sure Affleck will do a great job like he has three times already. The man could direct anything at this point and I would watch it.
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