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Ben Affleck To Direct Again?
He's got the rights to The Blade Itself

11 March 2008  |  Written by Chris Hewitt  |  Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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Because of uncomfortable parallels with the Madeline McCann case, you still can’t see Ben Affleck’s directorial debut, Gone, Baby, Gone in this country yet. But trust us when we say that the crime drama is a real treat, and that Affleck is a fine director.

And now it seems that he may be warming up for another go in the director’s chair, for he has picked up the rights, along with his producing partner Sean Bailey, to another gritty crime novel, The Blade Itself.

At the moment, there’s no concrete news that Affleck will direct the movie, which is currently being adapted by Aaron Stockard, but we’d put good money on it.

The novel, named by Esquire magazine as one of the five best of 2007, concerns two childhood friends from Chicago who grew up committing petty crimes together. They drift apart and, when they are reunited years later, one has to decide how far he will go in order to stop the secrets of his past from coming out.

All good, tense, movie-worthy stuff. Affleck is currently filming State Of Play, with Russell Crowe, and so this might not become his next project for a while. But it all sounds promising, nonetheless.

Miramax have picked up the rights, while Affleck and Bailey will produce via new production company, Ideology.

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Your Comments

RE: Gone Ben's Acting Career Gone!
He was excellent in Hollywoodland. A very powerful and melancholy performance. If anything, it's Jennifer bloody Lopez who should keep away from our cinemas. God, she's crap. Even in Out Of Sight. And as for Anaconda... Shudder. More

Posted by jimoakley666 at 10:32 on 12 March 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Gone Ben's Acting Career Gone!
I think that says more about you, Makman, than Ben's acting that you couldn't take him seriously because of his high-profile relationship.  I always try and   view personal and professional life separately and i'm a girl! I for one am glad to see him on form in Hollywoodland and his career obviously hasn't gone anywhere judging by the posts here and positive reviews of his directorial debut. More

Posted by carri3ann3 at 10:26 on 12 March 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Gone Baby Gone
Because i've got a bloody region 2 player. No point having the disk if you can't play it. And im not going into that pissing about to convert it. More

Posted by jimoakley666 at 10:26 on 12 March 2008 | Report This Post

Bring the Damon/Afflect combo back again....
I hear nothing but good things about Gone Baby Gone so I look forward to seeing it. Ben seems to be coming back which is great as he got lost during the Bennifer/Gigli furore and he made that superb George Reeves biopic.What would be great was if he teamed up with Matt Damon and co-wrote a script with Damon starring and Affleck directing. More

Posted by Taz69 at 19:09 on 11 March 2008 | Report This Post

Gone Ben's Acting Career Gone!
I think they should rename Ben's Gone Baby Gone to the above : ) After the Bennifer Lopez affair - most studios have avoided casting Ben Affleck (to think he was once an A List star!). I'm not surprise that he is trying to develop a directing career. I couldn't take him seriously in Smoking Aces - cos of the baggage he brought to the role (I was giggling at him for All the Wrong reasons). More

Posted by Makman at 17:04 on 11 March 2008 | Report This Post

so its supposed to be getting a UK release soon? Good, yes i could get the region 1 dvd but it isn't the same as seeing it on the big screen. I do think its bloody stupid though, a girl dissapears and we can't see the film? WHy it happens all the bloody time. There's a war in Iraq, so why are there so many iraq themed movies at the moment? We can have films about september 11th one of the most horrific things in history but one girl goes missing (something that happens everyday and was on More

Posted by clarkkent at 16:58 on 11 March 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Ben Affleck To Direct Again?
A couple of responses to posts above: UK/Ireland release date is now set for 6th June 2008 (although that's no doubt still subject to change) Affleck didn't pull the release, Buena Vista International did, but Affleck has said he supports and understands the decision. The poor lad hasn't really got much choice, does he? Weird that this news broke today - I've just finished previewing Gone Baby Gone myself! http://correctopinion.wordpress.com/2008/03/11/gone-bab ygone/ Saw More

Posted by Acho at 16:50 on 11 March 2008 | Report This Post

RELEASE BABY, RELEASE
I've seen gone, baby gone and have to say that it is one of the best films of the year. Casey Affleck's performance is nothing short of revelatory. If you thought he was good in Jesse James then check this out when and (if) it's ever released. Also stop having a go at the McCanns, I have nothing but sympathy for them. It's not their fault that our media censors are hysterical, hypocritical morons. Also not sure if they have watched said film as it bears hardly any similarity to their case apart More

Posted by iamevilhomer! at 16:36 on 11 March 2008 | Report This Post

Gone Baby Gone
Watched this last night and it is indeed a "real treat" ........... jimoakley666 why not just import it on R1 DVD from a whole variety of places on the interweb ! More

Posted by kcosh at 16:33 on 11 March 2008 | Report This Post

Gone Baby Gone
Watched this last night and it is indeed a "real treat" ........... jimoakley666 why not just import it on R1 DVD from a whole variety of places on the interweb ! More

Posted by kcosh at 16:33 on 11 March 2008 | Report This Post

Gone Baby Gone on DVD
Go to international play.com and you can buy GBG R1 for £15 More

Posted by AFFLECKRULES at 16:31 on 11 March 2008 | Report This Post

Gone Baby Gone
Watched this last night and it is indeed a "real treat" ........... jimoakley666 why not just import it on R1 DVD from a whole variety of places on the interweb ! More

Posted by kcosh at 16:31 on 11 March 2008 | Report This Post

Gone Baby Gone
Watched this last night and it is indeed a "real treat" ........... jimoakley666 why not just import it on R1 DVD from a whole variety of places on the interweb ! More

Posted by kcosh at 16:29 on 11 March 2008 | Report This Post

The Blade Itself ... which one!
I had to stop for a second there until I spotted its the crime novel by Marcus Sakey as opposed to the simply superb fantasy novel by Joe Abercrombie. Good luck to him but if it had been abercrombies , one of the grittiest, nastiest fantasy worlds of recent times getting the Affleck treatment ... well it isn't so thats fine. But the Bloody-Nine deserves on screen treatment. More

Posted by Hot Soup at 16:20 on 11 March 2008 | Report This Post

RE: What!?
Bastard! Ha ha More

Posted by jimoakley666 at 16:07 on 11 March 2008 | Report This Post

RE: What!?
L: jimoakley666 Fuckin' cock-suckin bastard censors. I wanna see Gone Baby Gone. So what if, shock, horror, something similar has happened somewhere in the friggin' world. How pathetic is that!? Christ, the sooner the better the pricks who come up with these dozy ideas piss off. t was Affleck himself that pulled the film. More

Posted by Shifty Bench at 15:39 on 11 March 2008 | Report This Post

Welcome back Ben
after  a sort of mid life crisis if you will nice to see ben back on form. Deffinately a bit of stark going on there More

Posted by livewire at 15:37 on 11 March 2008 | Report This Post

Censor
''You still can’t see Ben Affleck’s directorial debut''. Really? That's sick. It been in theaters here for ages. (Heck, the whole Joran van der Sloot hype hasn't stopped any teendrama here either). More

Posted by Bluehawk at 14:31 on 11 March 2008 | Report This Post

fucking McCanns, it's not ok to watch this movie, but it's ok for them to sell the film rights for their own movie. That's fucking disguisting More

Posted by CameronJames at 14:16 on 11 March 2008 | Report This Post

What!?
Fuckin' cock-suckin bastard censors. I wanna see Gone Baby Gone. So what if, shock, horror, something similar has happened somewhere in the friggin' world. How pathetic is that!? Christ, the sooner the better the pricks who come up with these dozy ideas piss off. This is good news at first glance though about Afleck's next. It's nice to see more Noir type crime being made. And is it me or is Afleck lookin a little 'Tony Stark' in that pic?... More

Posted by jimoakley666 at 14:13 on 11 March 2008 | Report This Post

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