Ben Affleck May Direct and Star in LINE OF SIGHT

     August 23, 2011


Ben Affleck is currently at work directing and starring in the Iranian hostage drama Argo but he’s already eyeing his next feature.  According to THR, Affleck is in talks to direct the action flick Line of Sight for Warner Bros. and producers Joel Silver (The Matrix) and Andrew Rona (Unknown).  The plot “centers on an elite commando squad transporting cargo while dealing with a global threat.”  Sounds a little generic, but Affleck has brought his own edge to noir and heist flicks, so this could be interesting.  Oh, wait.  There’s more:  “One of the conceits of the movie is that it tells the tale from a point-of-view akin to a first-person shooter game.”  Hooray.  As we previously reported, Halo: Reach writer Peter O’Brien came on board to work on the script and now it looks like we know why.  Perhaps Affleck could bring something to the film that makes the FPS conceit more than a gimmick.  Or the movie could simply be Call of Duty but you’re not allowed to play and when a character dies there’s not a trite quotation about war.

Argo starts shooting next month in Los Angeles.  In addition to Affleck, the film also stars Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, and Alan Arkin (if you needed more reasons to be excited about it).

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