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With the exception of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Ben Affleck.s next big post-Gone Girl film is Live By Night. The project has been gathering more and more buzz, thanks to some of its more high-profile casting. Now, a crucial role alongside Affleck has been been filled by Chris Messina. Variety reports that Messina, who you know from The Mindy Project, where he plays Dr. Danny Castellano, the love interest of Mindy Kaling.s Mindy Lahiri, will co-star in Live By Night opposide Ben Affleck. Previously, he had a major part on Aaron Sorkin.s HBO series The Newsroom, in which he plays Reese Lansing, the son of the network.s original owner. Live By Night is set in the Prohibition era and examines the world of organized crime. Based on the Dennis Lehane novel of the same name, the summary describes the story as the "making »
Last we reported on Ben Affleck’s adaptation of Live By Night, it had slipped down the actor-director’s pecking order as he focused attention on donning the cape and cowl for Zack Snyder’s Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. But with a November start date fast-approaching, Affleck is ready to assemble his cast and crew for the crime drama, itself an adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s (Shutter Island) eponymous novel.
The latest star to enter talks to board the thriller is The Mindy Project and The Newsroom alum, Chris Messina, who could reunite with his Argo co-star should this deal pan out. Rather than a tense hostage situation, Live By Night would have Messina step into the role of Affleck’s literal partner in crime. Then again, Elle Fanning, Sienna Miller and Zoe Saldana are all still circling the gestating project, which has suffered setbacks due to Affleck »
- Michael Briers
Great dancer Chris Messina is in negotiations to star opposite Ben Affleck in Live by Night, a Prohibition-era crime drama written and directed by the future Batting Gentleman. Messina will play Affleck’s best friend Dion Bartolo, which you could totally see. (Can’t you imagine Messina and Affleck roughhousing – Messina under Affleck’s arm, getting noogied real good?) Based on Dennis Lehane’s novel The Given Day, Live by Night’s cast also includes Elle Fanning, Sienna Miller, and Zoe Saldana. All the actors have been considered for their parts for awhile now, but production was delayed while Affleck was being a movie star/superhero. Of course, Messina previously worked with Affleck on Argo, where he showed the director/actor he could pull off period-specific facial hair. »
- Jesse David Fox
Chris Messina is in negotiations to play the character of Dion Bartolo in the Dennis Lehane Prohibition-era crime drama Live By Night, which Ben Affleck is starring in, writing and directing. Messina previously starred in Affleck’s critical and commercial smash Argo, on which the Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice star similarly pulled multi-hyphenate duties. Live By Night uses some of the characters from Lehane's sprawling period novel The Given Day and brings them into… »
Elle Fanning, Sienna Miller and Zoe Saldana are also in negotiations to star, with Affleck also toplining and producing along with Jennifer Todd through their Pearl Street banner, as well as Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson Killoran through their Appian Way banner.
Like Fanning, Miller and Saldana, Messina has been eyed to star for some time, but delays in production due to Affleck’s commitments to “Gone Girl” and “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” forced the studio to hold off on handing out other offers. Sources say that as cameras are expected to start rolling in November, more offers are expected to be handed out. »
- Justin Kroll
The story follows the black-sheep son of a police captain who gets involved in escalating levels of organized crime during the Prohibition. [Source: Deadline]
"The Age of Adaline" screenwriter J. Mills Goodloe has sold the original action-thriller pitch "Sana" to Studio Canal. The story follows a Germany-based Air Force major who who flies Predator drones over Yemen.
He discovers his entire squadron has been poisoned by a jihadist infiltrator. Given only days to live, he travels to the Arabian Peninsula to hunt down the men responsible. [Source: THR]
Untitled Horror Project
Red Granite Pictures ("The Wolf of Wall Street") are developing an untitled psychological horror film based on an idea from co-topper Joey McFarland. Riza Aziz and McFarland are producers while Seth W. Owen will pen the script. »
- Garth Franklin
Over the years that Den Of Geek has been going, we've regularly been charting the assortment of reboots and remakes that are making their way through the Hollywood system. This, then, is the current state of play. We've removed a bunch of projects that seem utterly dead - the once mooted remakes of Videodrome and Timecrimes, for instance - but we'll keep this list up to date as and when we hear of more.
Without further ado, here's what's coming up...
One of Hollywood's most on and off projects, the current state of the live action Akira remake is that it's back in the works. Marco J Ramirez, the showrunner for season 2 of Netflix's Daredevil show, has been hired to pen a screenplay. Warner Bros is still backing the film, »
Ben Affleck.s future as The Batman suddenly is looking very, very bright. (And no, that.s not a dig at Zack Snyder.s muted color palate on Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, so far.) There were rumors that Affleck was setting up a solo Batman movie as his post-Justice plan, and now a number of items have dropped that suggest this will be the direction that the Caped Crusader is heading. For starters, Variety just reported that Ben Affleck.s next announced directorial effort, an adaptation of Dennis Lehane.s Live By Night, has been bumped from an October 7, 2016 release date to an undetermined 2017 date. Affleck reportedly was going to begin filming the period crime thriller in November, though the trade now says, "By delaying till 2017, Affleck is given more time to devote to the project." Possibly. Or it might also be freeing him up to direct a »
Warner Bros has made major changes to its upcoming release calendar, with two of Ben Affleck's movies being pushed back.
The Accountant and Live by the Night have both had significant changes made to their opening dates.
The Accountant has been pushed back from its January 29, 2016 slot and will now open in Us cinemas on October 7, The Wrap reports.
Originally set to hit cinemas on October 7, Live by the Night now hasn't got an official release date and won't be out until sometime in 2017.
Ben Affleck's 2016 will most likely be dominated by talk of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice as he's not only starring as the Dark Knight in that feature, but he's also co-writing the next solo Batman feature and perhaps directing it as well. However, before Bats v Supes hits theaters on March 25, we were going to see Affleck as an accountant that moonlights as an assassin in Gavin O'Connor's The Accountant, which was originally slated for a not-so-promising January release date. No more, the movie has now shifted to October 7, 2016, only five days earlier than the Best Picture-winning Argo, though this premise doesn't exactly sound like that of an oscar player, though a cast that includes Oscar nominee Anna Kendrick and Oscar winner J.K. Simmons should definitely pique your interest. Pesonally, the one Affleck film I'm most looking forward to, though, is his adaptation of Live By Night, »
- Brad Brevet
Ben Affleck is a busy, busy man, and his life has changed now that he’s joined the D.C. Comics Universe as Batman. It used to be that Affleck just acted here and there, but mostly worked on his directorial efforts that revitalized his once-ailing career (see “Argo” winning Best Picture in 2013 and the critical acclaim for “The Town” and “Gone Baby Gone”). But in a way, Batman has turned his schedule upside down. The lengthy shoot for “Batman V. Superman: Dawn Of Justice” took up big portions this year and last, and Affleck has been looking to carve out time to direct his next film, a Dennis Lehane-penned period crime drama called “Live By Night,” While it's still on the table, the release date has been pushed back to 2017. Read More: Zoe Saldana, Elle Fanning, And Sienna Miller Are The First Additions To Ben Affleck's Crime »
- Edward Davis
Warner Bros. has shuffled release dates for two Ben Affleck films, including the thriller “The Accountant” and his next directorial effort “Live By Night.” Audiences will exclusively see him in the Batman suit until “The Accountant,” costarring Anna Kendrick, opens October 7, 2016. The prohibition drama “Live By Night,” based on a bestselling novel by Dennis Lehane, is undated and won’t hit theaters until 2017. Directed by Gavin O’Connor, “The Accountant” portrays Affleck as an assassin by night. Lynette Howell Taylor and Mark Williams are producing. Also Read: Affleck Showdown: Ben's 'The Accountant' to Take on Casey's 'The Finest Hours' “Live By Night, »
- Matt Donnelly
Warner Bros has pushed back two movies involving Ben Affleck. The Accountant, the Gavin O’Connor-directed film that Affleck stars in, has been pushed from its January 29, 2016 berth to open October 7, 2016. At the same time, Warner Bros has moved from October 7, 2016 to an undated 2017 berth for Live by Night, Affleck’s adaptation of the Dennis Lehane novel that he also plans to star in. That one begins shooting in November so there was no way the original date was going… »
“Live by Night,” Affleck’s first directorial effort since “Argo,” has been moved from an Oct. 7, 2016, release to an unknown date in 2017. The pic will be based on Dennis Lehane’s Prohibition-era crime novel.
When Variety broke the news last month that “Live by Night” was greenlit for a November start, sources added that there was a strong possibility that its release date would change, given WB’s awards hopes for the pic. By delaying till 2017, Affleck is given more time to devote to the project. »
- Variety Staff
Warner Bros. Pictures has pushed back two movies involving Ben Affleck, likely in part due to his commitments to playing Batman.
This is said to be due to Affleck quietly teaming with DC's Geoff Johns to write a freestanding Batman movie which Affleck will direct and star in. Affleck reportedly wants to finish the work on this before getting to work helming "Live By Night" which begins shooting in November.
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- Garth Franklin
Tfh welcomes noted author and screenwriter Dennis Lehane to our Guru ranks.
Something Wild, Jonathan Demme’s screwball thriller from 1986, makes good on its title and then some. Jeff Daniels plays a mild-mannered IRS agent caught in the orbit of a flaky small time thief played by Melanie Griffith. The film proceeds as a funny, quirky rom-com á la Howard Hawks’ Bringing Up Baby until the arrival of Griffith’s sociopathic ex-husband, played by Ray Liotta, when things take an abrupt turn toward the dark side. The movie’s eclectic soundtrack, a Demme trademark, reinforces the film’s roller coaster mood swings.
- TFH Team
Take the sons of an ageing lowlife Boston hood and transport them to Hollywood. The premise is like Entourage reimagined by Dennis Lehane. But since 2013, Showtime’s Ray Donovan has quietly built a reputation as a powerful family/crime drama. The criminal turned Hollywood fixer Ray (Liev Schreiber) is our focus as he mops up the messes of his Hollywood clients while dealing with the far more combustible conflicts in his shipwreck of a family. The show started on Showtime in the Us on Sunday and returns to Sky Atlantic tonight, bringing with it some of the strongest character acting around.
Tony Soprano once wondered whatever happened to Gary Cooper – the strong silent type handling his business, repressing his feelings like a real American before »
- James Donaghy
And so it was that the age of the Batfleck truly began.In news that has surprised no one, Ben Affleck, who has his first outing as the caped crusader in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice next spring, will be not only starring in a new solo Batman film, but he will be co-writing and directing as well.Affleck will first shoot the Denis Lehane adaptation Live By Night, then hunker down with DC Comics' chief creative officer Geoff Johns to write a fresh Batflick for the new DC cinematic universe.No story details yet, though with Batman as a veteran vigilante in Batman v. Superman, there's absolutely no need for an origin here. After all, like Spider-man, everybody in the known universe has that stamped onto...
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The Dissolve was one of the best places on the web for writing about film, and Keith Phipps, Scott Tobias, Tasha Robinson, Noel Murray, Genevieve Koski, Nathan Rabin, Matt Singer, Rachel Handler and all the rest who have contributed were among the best writing about the movies today. With the site “dissolving” this week, we mourn the loss of some of our favorite writing anywhere and discuss the future of film criticism as the writers themselves see it. Plus, we talk the big news out of Comic-Con and have quite literally a Wtf of the Week.
Han Solo spinoff movie confirmed; The Lego Movie‘s Phil Lord and Christopher Miller to direct Ben Affleck to direct, star, and co-write solo Batman film Ben Affleck to direct adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s novel Live by Night Dustin Hoffman says film is worst it has been in 50 years Federico Fellini »
- Brian Welk
Following the Best Picture winning true drama Argo, the film’s star and director Ben Affleck lined up an adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s Prohibition-set crime drama Live by Night, and originally planned to shoot in the fall of 2013. However, his new gig as Batman for Warner Bros. Pictures (not to mention directing a solo Batman […]
The post Ben Affleck to Finally Direct ‘Live by Night’ in November appeared first on /Film. »
- Ethan Anderton
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