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Ben Affleck Following 'Argo' with Another Dennis Lehane Story

 

At the tail end of an interview I recently had with Ben Affleck on behalf of his new movie, Argo, I asked him if he’d ever go back to Dennis Lehane territory. Selfishly, I was a huge fan of Lehane’s Boston detectives, Patrick and Angie, and I was hoping Affleck could tell one or two more of the stories he started with Gone Baby Gone
 
“There’s a distinct possibility,” Affleck told me. “You know, he has a new book coming out.” 
 
I did know that. What I didn’t know, however, is that Affleck – at the time – likely knew that Lehane’s next novel, Live By Night, also was going to be his next directorial effort. I was millimeters away from the scoop. Instead, Deadline has the story. 
 
Night would be a bit of a return to his Massachusetts crime roots for Affleck. The plot follows the Black Sheep son of a police officer who gets involved with organized crime during the Prohibition era. Affleck approached Lehane’s people back when the book was in galley form. Now that it’s out, it can be revealed that Affleck and Leonardo DiCaprio are co-producing through Appian Way, with an eye toward Affleck directing. 
 
After Argo, I’m convinced Affleck can direct anything that he wants. And while I kind of was hoping that a return to Lehane meant another mystery with Patrick and Angie, at least it sounds like the author and director still have a solid working relationship, and more thrillers could be on the radar down the line. 
 
For now, though, it looks like another period crime story for Affleck, who is proving himself the cream of the crop when it comes to directors needing to handle that genre. Make sure you see Argo now that it’s in theaters. It’s as good, if not better, than Affleck’s previous two films.
 
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