Ben Affleck To Direct Arizona?

About the death of a crusading journo

Ben Affleck’s directorial debut, Gone Baby Gone, was such a pleasant surprise that we’ve been waiting for news of what he’ll do next – and it looks like it might be a film called Arizona.

Miramax Films today began development on the movie about the death of crusading journalist Don Bolles and the subsequent outraged reaction , with a view to Affleck coming on board as director.

Bolles, a reporter for the Arizona Republic, was killed in a car bomb in 1976 after investigating organised crime within state government. His colleagues in a group called the IRE – Investigative Reporters and Editors – presented a united front after his murder, completing his work despite the obvious threat.

Sheldon Turner, who was the first writer to work on X-Men Origins: Magneto, will write the script, working from facts that are in the public domain. Sean Bailey will produce. Remember, though – it’s early days yet, so to say that Affleck is definitely directing might be a tad premature.