Warner Bros. has announced release dates for a pair of the studio’s more prestigious upcoming projects. First up, Ben Affleck’s directorial follow-up to last year’s Argo will get a prime holiday release, as Live By Night has been officially dated for December 25, 2015 (now the busiest year in film history). The crime drama is an adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s novel of the same name, which takes place in Boston during the 1920’s. Affleck was originally planning on going into production this year, but he subsequently signed on to star in David Fincher’s Gone Girl and agreed to don the cowl for Batman vs. Superman. Live by Night will now start production later next year after Affleck wraps his Batman role, making the Christmas 2015 release date a rather quick turnaround. And yes, Batman vs. Superman also opens in 2015.
Additionally, Clint Eastwood’s adaptation of the Broadway musical Jersey Boys will arrive in theaters on June 20, 2014, where it will open opposite the comedy sequel Think Like a Man Too. Aside from Christopher Walken, the cast of Eastwood’s film is mostly made up of stage actors.
If all goes according to plan, three of the biggest films in recent memory will be in production at the same time. Marvel’s superhero team-up sequel The Avengers: Age of Ultron is slated to begin production next March, J.J. Abrams’ highly anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII is set to start filming in “early 2014,” and now word comes that director Zack Snyder’s untitled Man of Steel follow-up will start filming next February. For those of you just now coming out of a coma, Ben Affleck has been tapped to play Batman opposite Henry Cavill’s Superman in the Warner Bros. film, and the pic appears to be moving full-speed ahead towards its July 17, 2015 release date.
In addition to the filming dates of the Batman vs. Superman film, though, a new report also has confirmation that Affleck has indeed signed on to play Batman in multiple films. Hit the jump for more, including the specific shooting dates of Batman vs. Superman.
When Warner Bros. announced last night that Ben Affleck has been cast as the new Batman in director Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel follow-up, the future of Affleck’s incredibly successful directorial career was thrown into question. Presumably Affleck will be getting a standalone Batman film in the near future, and he’s all but guaranteed to star in Justice League (which he might even end up directing). It now appears that the first directorial casualty of Affleck donning the cape and cowl has surfaced, as word comes that Crazy Heart helmer Scott Cooper is in talks to replace him as the writer and director of Warner Bros.’ feature film adaptation of the Stephen King novel The Stand.
Hit the jump for more, including the status of Affleck’s other directorial projects.
While Ben Affleck has been busy prepping his next directorial feature, the period Dennis Lehane adaptation Live by Night, it appears that he’ll be making time for another acting gig before going into production on his Argo follow-up. What director would cause Affleck to push back his first directorial project after winning the DGA Award, you might ask? Well David Fincher, of course. Affleck is now in talks to lead Fincher’s adaptation of the Gillian Flynn bestselling novel Gone Girl, which will solidify the pic as Fincher’s next film. Hit the jump for more on this exciting development, including which Oscar winning actresses are being eyed for the female lead.
Many (myself included) are still reeling from the fact that somehow Ben Affleck wasn’t nominated for Best Director during this morning Oscar nominations announcements, but I have little doubt that we’ll be hearing Affleck’s name as a major part of an awards season race again soon. Argo was his most accomplished work yet, and eyes are now looking to what he’ll be directing as his next project.
We recently heard that Affleck was eyeing an adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s 1920s Boston crime drama Live By Night as his next effort, and during a recent interview Affleck confirmed that he’s currently working on the screenplay as he readies the pic to be his next film. He also took a moment to explain why he had to drop out of starring in the drama Focus with Kristen Stewart. Hit the jump to see what he had to say.
Director Ben Affleck is reportedly going back to the well to possibly adapt the Dennis Lehane novel, Live by Night, for his next feature. The multi-hyphenate is expected to write/produce/direct and star in the film, which is set up at Warner Bros. Another Lehane project would be fitting since Affleck cut his directorial teeth on the author’s novel, Gone Baby Gone. Live by Night is a new novel from Lehane that was just recently published and is a period piece, taking place in Boston in the roaring ’20s. Hit the jump for the full plot description of Live by Night.
Another Denis Lehane novel is headed to the big screen. Some great feature films have previously been adapted from the author’s works such as Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone, and Shutter Island, and now Deadline reports that Warner Bros. has acquired the rights to Live By Night with Leonardo DiCaprio attached to star. The book actually doesn’t come out until October, but it takes the characters from Lehane’s World War I-set novel The Given Day and brings them into Prohibition. No other plot details are given. Live By Night is the second installment of a trilogy Lehane is writing, so now Warner Bros. controls all the material.
Sam Raimi had previously tried to get a feature film adaptation of The Given Day made, but his option has since lapsed. I haven’t read The Given Day, but I’m a fan of the Lehane books that I’ve read and DiCaprio has excellent taste, so I’m assuming Live By Night will be another intriguing (and probably depressing) adaptation once it gets off the ground.