Hollywood A-Lister Ben Affleck has made the decision to pursue a career behind the camera as well as in front of it. He wants to dip his toe further into directing and writing, not for the first time either.
Affleck has always starred in the pictures he has written and directed up until now, mainly because it’s been much easier to finance the picture that way. Good Will Hunting (1997), for which he won an Oscar, was written by Affleck, along with co-star Matt Damon, another A-lister. Affleck then wrote and directed the movie Gone Baby Gone (2007), which starred his own brother Casey Affleck. Following this, he directed The Town (2010), a crime drama adapted from Chuck Hogan’s novel Prince of Thieves. The movie garnered mainly positive reviews, earning a 94% rating on Rotten Tomatoes for positive critical reviews.
However, Affleck is extremely selective about which projects he chooses to direct. He won’t accept the first one to come along, even if it’s a successful franchise. An example of this was his refusal to direct Warner Bros Superman: Man of Steel, slated for a December 2012 release.
His next directorial project will be a movie called Argo, scripted by Chris Terrio and to be produced by George Clooney, David Klawans and Grant Heslov.
Argo, to be released sometime in 2013, will be a political movie, a recreation of the Iranian hostage crisis. It will center on the efforts of the CIA, in partnership with some Hollywood filmmakers, to free hostages in Iran.
Variety gave these details of the plot: “The plot centers on how the CIA, with help from Hollywood and the Canadian embassy, used a fake movie project to smuggle six Americans out of Tehran during the 1979 hostage crisis. The ruse, concocted by CIA operative Tony Mendez, involved launching studio six productions to rescue the six diplomats who were hiding in the Canadian embassy. The Americans used disguises to pretend they were Canadians on a scouting trip for a big-budget Hollywood epic, titled Argo.”
If Affleck works his usual charm, there’s no reason it shouldn’t be a huge success!
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