May 7, 2013 at 10:05 AM
Ben Affleck back to Boston with “Live By Night”
Hmm, think he’ll get an Oscar nomination for best director this time? Ben Affleck, fresh off winning best picture for “Argo,” will next direct, write, produce and star in the screen adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s novel, “Live By Night.” Affleck’s no stranger to Lehane’s work, having made his directing debut (and doing a fine job of it) with the screen adaptation of Lehane’s “Gone Baby Gone.” “Live By Night,” which just won the prestigious Edgar Award for best mystery novel of the year, is the second of a planned trilogy (the first is “The Given Day”), set in Prohibition-era Boston and beyond and focusing on several generations of a family of lawmen. (Anybody read “Live By Night” yet? I enjoy Lehane, but am waiting for the paperback.) No other casting has been announced, but things should be moving along quickly; the movie is scheduled to begin production in August/September. Lehane’s work has also been brought to the screen by Martin Scorsese (“Shutter Island”) and Clint Eastwood (“Mystic River”).