With Gone Baby Gone, The Town and now the Oscar-nominated Argo, Ben Affleck the director has set a high bar for his career behind the camera. That means choosing a next project is crucial and several have crossed Affleck’s desk since Argo was released. It seems he’s now put them in order.

The actor was to star alongside Kristen Stewart in the film Focus, but recently pulled out of that film so he could commit all his time to preparing Live By Night as his next directorial project. The film, based a novel by Dennis Lehane, is about a young man during the Prohibition who falls deep into the world of organized crime. Affleck is writing, producing, will direct and star.

See Affleck’s reasoning for leaving Focus and focusing on Live By Night below.
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Ben Affleck‘s third directorial effort, Argo, opens this week, and as far as I’m concerned the guy is three for three in the director’s chair. His solid track record so far makes Affleck a big choice as possible director for a lot of different projects, big and small, but so far the only one that has seemed like it might happen is The Stand.

With Argo taking Affleck away from Boston and crime fiction, The Stand seemed like an interesting prospect as it would take him even further afield. But we’ve heard little about that all year, and now it seems like the director/actor is going back home. He’s even traveling with author Dennis Lehane, whose work provided the basis for Affleck’s directorial debut Gone Baby Gone.

The project is Live By Night, a primarily Boston-set story that takes place at the height of Prohibition, and follows a policeman’s son who takes to life as a liquor outlaw, which eventually leads him to Florida, Cuba, and the depths of crime.

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When you’re an actor as popular and talented as Leonardo DiCaprio, I imagine your office looks like a scene from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. The difference being, instead of delicious sweets, all the treats are the best scripts and properties in Hollywood and you can just pick and choose whatever you want. Work with Martin Scorsese, Christopher Nolan, Clint Eastwood, Baz Luhrman and Quentin Tarantino all in succession and then have a bevy of high-end projects to choose from next such as The Wolf of Wall Street (which he’ll shoot in August), The Devil in the White City and Satori, just to name a few. Not to mention he runs the company that’s developing Akira, The Twilight Zone and more.

One more property can now be added to the Leo list and, like the others, it comes with a staggering pedagree. Warner Bros. has acquried the rights to author Dennis Lehane‘s next novel, Live By Night, to star DiCaprio and be produced by his Appian Way Productions. Lehane is the author behind Oscar bait like Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone and Shutter Island. Read more about the property below. Read More »

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