Ben Affleck will write and direct a film adaptation of Dennis Lehane's new book(Read article summary)
Lehane's 'Live By Night' will be one of Affleck's next projects and will be his second Lehane adaptation after 'Gone Baby Gone.'
With his much-anticipated thriller ‚ÄúArgo‚ÄĚ having hit theaters Oct. 12, Affleck has agreed to write and direct his second Lehane story after 2007‚Äôs ‚ÄúGone Baby Gone.‚ÄĚ With another Boston crime narrative, Affleck and his film crew will be back in Beantown in the near future.
Lehane‚Äôs new novel, ‚ÄúLive By Night,‚ÄĚ takes place in both Prohibition-era Boston and Tampa‚Äôs Ybor City. The story centers on the rising of Boston gangster Joe Coughlin. During the time of underground distilleries and speakeasies in the Roaring '20s, Coughlin ‚Äď the son of a prominent Boston police captain ‚Äď finds the life of guns, wealth, women and liquor irresistible.
Leonardo DiCaprio, who starred in Lehane‚Äôs ‚ÄúShutter Island,‚ÄĚ was originally set to produce after Warner Bros. acquired the rights to the movie. But now DiCaprio‚Äôs production company, Appian Way, will co-produce with Pearl Street, Affleck‚Äôs shared company with Matt Damon.
Warner Bros. also bought the rights to ‚ÄúThe Given Day,‚ÄĚ another Lehane novel that shares the same characters as ‚ÄúLive By Night,‚ÄĚ but there are no definitive plans for the movie. Lehane plans to write a third book and tie all three into a trilogy, giving Warner Bros. the potential for a movie trilogy.
Pamela Cyran is a Monitor contributor.