After Argo won the Oscar for Best Picture, Ben Affleck probably could’ve convinced any studio to greenlight just about anything he wanted. Which is why Warner Bros., the studio which backed Affleck’s previous two directing efforts The Town and Argo, jumped at the opportunity for stand behind Affleck’s next project — Live by Night, which is said to be in the vein of The Godfather.
Based on the Dennis Lehane novel, Live by Night is the second in a trilogy about a Boston family of Irish lawmen. It tells the tale of Joe Coughlin’s rise from thief to gangster in the Prohibition Era. It beat out Gillian Flynn’s best-selling Gone Girl for book of the year.
Affleck has written the script, will direct, and will assume the role of Coughlin. Last time Affleck handled a Lehane novel was with his directorial debut Gone baby Gone — a gritty fackin mawdern nwah stawry if I evah sawr one.
Lehane’s novels have been a hot commodity in Hollywood. Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone and Shutter Island have all been adapted to the big screen. Lehane himself even adapted his own short story Animal Rescue which appeared in the Akashic Books anthology Boston Noir. The film stars Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace, and revolves around a killing that results from a lost and contested pit bull.
Affleck and Matt Damon will produce the film via their shingle Pearl Street, along with Leonardo DiCaprio via his productio house Appian Way. Production on Live by Night is set to begin August or September.