Ben Affleck Might Be Stepping Out on Warner Bros. to Direct a War Movie for Sony
Well this should definitely add more speculative fuel to recent rumors that Ben Affleck’s days as Batman are numbered. Affleck is reportedly looking to set up his next directing project, and this one might not be with Warner Bros., the studio behind three of his previous efforts: The Town, Argo (which nabbed a Best Picture Oscar), and Live By Night. If the deal goes through, Affleck will direct his next film — an Afghanistan war drama — for Sony.
It might be time for Ben Affleck to start seeing other (studio) people. Rumor has it his departure from the DCEU is imminent, and his most recent film for WB — Live By Night — was dreadfully mediocre. Perhaps their relationship has reached its natural conclusion. According to The Tracking Board, Affleck is in early talks to helm Red Platoon for Sony, based on the New York Times bestselling memoir by Clinton Romesha. The book recounts the Battle of Kamdesh, a 14-hour firefight between US armed forces and 300 Taliban that took place at the remote Command Outpost Keating on October 3, 2009.
Casey Affleck is being considered for the lead role of Staff Sergeant Romesha, who commanded a small band of troops to a seemingly impossible victory. It wouldn’t be the first time the Affleck Bros. have worked together: Casey, who won an Oscar earlier this year for his performance in Manchester by the Sea, previously starred in Ben’s critically acclaimed directorial debut Gone Baby Gone.
Adam Cozad (Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit) wrote the screenplay for Red Platoon, which counts George Clooney among its producers.