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Ben Affleck May Return To Boston For Dennis Lehane's Live By Night

Ben Affleck is on one hell of a roll as a director. The acting veteran has now made three films and all of them have performed exceptionally well with critics (and we'll have to see how Argo does at the box office this weekend). Because of this success it should come as a shock to nobody that he is interested in getting back to the director's chair, and while a number of projects have already been thrown his way, it would appear he's diving back into the world of Dennis Lehane novels.

Deadline reports that Affleck is currently eyeing an adaptation of Lehane's story Live By Night as his possible follow up to Argo. Should he sign on it will be the second time that he's worked on a book from the author, the other being Gone Baby Gone (other Lehane adaptations include Clint Eastwood's Mystic River and Martin Scorsese's Shutter Island). Affleck has already entered talks with Warner Bros. about the project and should he sign on he will likely write, direct, produce and star.

The book, which was just released earlier this month, is set during the Prohibition era in Boston and follows Joe Coughlin, "the black sheep son of a police captain," as he slowly moves up the ranks of organized crime. It's worth nothing that some characters in Live By Night appeared in Lehane's previous novel, "The Given Day", the rights to which are also owned by Warner Bros. Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Away banner will produce the movie alongside Affleck and Matt Damon's label Pearl Street.

Eric Eisenberg

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