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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
Taking the Batmobile for another spin! Ben Affleck is set to direct and star in a stand-alone Batman movie, Deadline and Entertainment Weekly report. The Oscar winner, 42, will team up with DC Comics’ chief creative officer, Geoff Johns, for the new flick. The project will begin following Affleck's adaptation of the Dennis Lehane novel Live By Night and after Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theaters. Affleck recently told EW that he wasn't sure about taking on the Batman role. "My first reaction was, 'Are you [...] »
Following some hefty rumours, Ben Affleck will write a brand new stand-alone Batman movie with DC writer Geoff Johns. The news was made official late yesterday as Warner Bros. gear up to give a huge presentation at this year’s San Diego Comic Con on Saturday. Affleck will start work on the Batman movie after he completes Live By Night, a new big-screen adaptation of Dennis Lehane‘s novel of the same name.
We’re not sure when the Batman movie will enter cinemas, as Warners have Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice due next year, along with Suicide Squad, a Justice League movie due the following year, and both The Flash and Aquaman set for 2018. It’s looking a little crowded to say the least. »
- Paul Heath
Ben Affleck is to direct the next Batman film, that he'll also star in and co-write...
It's busy times ahead for Ben Affleck. He's at San Diego Comic-Con over the weekend, promoting his role of Batman in the forthcoming Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice. This November, he then starts working on his next directorial project, the adaptation of Dennis Lehane's Live By Night.
And after that? It looks like he's going to make a new Batman film.
For as well as playing the character for DC and Warner Bros in Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, Suicide Squad, and the upcoming Justice League films, Ben Affleck is going to follow Christopher Nolan and direct a standalone Batman movie.
Furthermore, he's also co-writing the film alongside Geoff Johns.
Early rumours had suggested that the film was going to be called The Batman, and we may well get a formal announcement this weekend. »
It’s something that has been floating in the rumour mists for a while now, but it appears Warner Bros. and DC are ready to move ahead to the next stage. According to Deadline, Ben Affleck is co-writing a stand-alone Batman film with DC Comics’ chief creative officer Geoff Johns for the current Caped Crusader to direct.Reportedly, Affleck and Johns – who has written some of the company’s fan favourite comic book series and works on the various TV incarnations of its characters – clicked in terms of creative outlook and have already started work on a script. The timing is necessary because Affleck is headed off to shoot his next directorial outing, the Dennis Lehane adaptation Live By Night, in November. He’ll then be back on superhero duty for the Justice League films before he gets to work on a movie that takes a look at how Batman »
If you'd asked me to guess what news would break at this year's Comic-Con, "Ben Affleck set to direct stand-alone Batman film" would have been in the top three, right behind "Bryan Singer announces X-Men/Fantastic Four crossover movie for 2018." Looks like at least one of those is coming true. Deadline was first to report that Affleck is working with Geoff Johns to co-write a Batman film that will pick up where "Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice" ends. This is not a huge surprise. From the moment he signed to play the character, there has been conversation at the studio about Affleck directing a solo film. What's new here is that the script is coming together quickly, and it looks like Affleck will head directly into this film when he finishes directing his next Dennis Lehane adaptation, "Live By Night." What I like about this idea is that it will be, »
- Drew McWeeny
Just as Comic-Con begins, so does a new era for The Dark Knight.
Affleck will also star as Batman and possibly direct, with the latter rumored to be a condition of his deal to don the cowl in "BvS" when he first signed on to that film in 2013.
Deadline also reports that Affleck and Johns, a popular DC Comics scribe, are already at work on a script that the team may finish by end of summer -- before Affleck goes off in November to direct the 2016 crime thriller "Live By Night," based on the novel by Dennis Lehane.
Affleck's second appearance as the Caped Crusader won't start shooting until after "Night" is finished, which means we won't see a solo Batman »
- Phil Pirrello
As reported today by Variety, Ben Affleck will be directing Live By Night, a project he’s been meaning to work on for the past few years. But with his starring roles in Gone Girl and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, it’s understandable that the actor/director hasn’t had too much time on his hands to work on anything else.
Now with Batman v Superman in post-production, his main focus will be this film, based on the Dennis Lehane crime novel set in the Prohibition era. Affleck, along with directing and producing, will also star in the film alongside Zoe Saldana, Elle Fanning, and Sienna Miller.
Many of Lehane’s books have been turned into films (Mystic River, Shutter Island, and as Affleck already did with Gone Baby Gone), so it’s no surprise that Affleck has gone back to adapt the novelist’s work into another »
- Sarah Pearce Lord
This has been rumored for months, but now Deadline confirms the scuttlebutt: Ben Affleck will indeed direct and star in a stand-alone Batman film, and what's more, he's almost done scripting it with DC Comics writer Geoff Johns. Don't expect to see this one for a while, though, since Affleck must first direct his adaptation of the Dennis Lehane novel Live By Night, which is set as his next project. Still, you'll get to see plenty of Affleck in the Bat-suit before then, as he makes his introduction in next year's Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and then continues reprising the role in the two-parter Justice League, all of which have director Zack Snyder at the helm. »
- Kyle Buchanan
Ben Affleck is poised to co-write, direct and star in a solo “Batman” film, individuals close to the project told TheWrap on Thursday. The star would work with DC Comics chief creative officer Geoff Johns on the screenplay. The standalone superhero film would happen after he completes shooting the Dennis Lehane adaptation “Live By Night,” a period crime drama for Warner Bros. that is scheduled to begin production in November. Affleck recently wrapped his first appearance as the Caped Crusader in next summer’s “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.” He’s also expected to don the cowl again for “Justice League, »
- Linda Ge and Beatrice Verhoeven
Sources have confirmed to Variety that Affleck is in negotiations to pen the solo “Batman” film with Geoff Johns after he has finished directing “Live By Night,” which is set to begin production this November.
Warner Bros. had no comment.
Additional details are still under wraps other than the fact that Affleck will star as the caped crusader, a role that he will first assume in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” as well as “Justice League,” which bows in 2017.
Given how much time and effort goes into directing, it might be a long while before Affleck puts pen to paper. He’s currently focused on getting “Live By Night,” based on Dennis Lehane’s Prohibition-era crime novel, off the ground.
- Justin Kroll
As soon as Ben Affleck was officially announced as our new Caped Crusader in Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, fans wondered if he might possibly helm a solo outing for the character at some point. Recently we heard rumors that he was being lined up to do just that, and now Deadline seems to have made it official: Ben Affleck will team up with Geoff Johns to write a Batman movie, which he will also direct as soon as work is complete on his adaptation of the Dennis Lehane novel Live By Night. According to the site, the pair are "well in synch and have more than found their rhythm", and are expected to turn in a script before the end of the summer. No release date is set, and plot details are obviously non-existent at this early stage - but it will most likely be set after the »
It appears as though Ben Affleck will finally get around to his directorial follow-up to Argo this fall, but he’s already lining up his next project after that, and it’s a biggie. While he was inundated with offers after the success of his Best Picture-winning 2012 film, Affleck opted to focus on an adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s Prohibition-era crime thriller Live by Night as his next directorial project. He intended to start shooting that in 2013, but the prospect of working with David Fincher on Gone Girl forced him to push filming to 2014. Then he was offered the chance to play Batman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, so that pushed Live by Night even further, and he most recently completed shooting the starring role in Gavin O’Connor’s action drama The Accountant. [caption id="attachment_198545" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via Warner Bros.[/caption] But now Variety reports that Live by Night »
- Adam Chitwood
Exclusive: Here’s one for the Comic-Con crowd to gnaw on. I’m told that Ben Affleck is teaming up with Geoff Johns to co-write a stand-alone Batman movie that Affleck will direct and star in after he completes his longstanding plan to helm his scripted adaptation of the Dennis Lehane novel Live By Night. Johns has about as much comic cred as anybody around. He’s DC Comics’ chief creative officer and has written some of its best remembered comic book series including Green… »
Ben Affleck's has wanted to make "Live By Night," an adaptation of crime writer Dennis Lehane's Prohibition-era gangster novel, since 2013. His busy acting slate, from starring in "Gone Girl" to upcoming "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," may have kept him from settling into the director's chair for the first time since 2012 Best Picture winner "Argo." But he will finally get back behind the camera this November, according to Variety, to helm the project now that he has the Warner Bros. greenlight. He's also in talks to direct and co-write a new Batman standalone, to star himself as the Caped Crusader. Affleck has turned to Lehane's crime novels for source material before. In 2007, he directed Casey Affleck in feature directorial debut "Gone Baby Gone," also a Boston-set noir. Writer/director Affleck will star as a rags-to-riches criminal who goes from petty thief to rum runner, alongside co-stars Elle. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Between leading the charge on both sides of the camera for Argo, battling inner demons and a twisted spouse in Gone Girl, and the small matter of donning the cape and cowl for Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, it’s small wonder that Ben Affleck’s next directorial outing – an adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s Live By Night – has been knocked down the pecking order.
But fret not, for Variety has brought word that Warner Bros. has officially greenlit the project, slating Affleck’s Prohibition-era drama for a November start. According to sources, the award-winning actor had intended to lift the crime tale from the pages of Lehane’s novel shortly after the release of Argo in 2013, but as we alluded to earlier, a couple of things cropped up. And by a couple of things we mean a near-unmissable David Fincher thriller and DC’s titanic comic book showdown. »
- Michael Briers
Affleck has intended to helm the pic, based on Dennis Lehane’s Prohibition-era crime novel, for some time, but starring roles in “Gone Girl” and “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” in which he will play the Caped Crusader, have delayed the process. Insiders say he is now ready to tackle the venture. The first feature Affleck directed, 2007’s “Gone Baby Gone,” was also based on a Lehane novel.
- Justin Kroll
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