Ben Affleck Set to Make his African-set Geopolitical Thriller - - By Clayton Davis

Ben Affleck Set to Make his African-set Geopolitical Thriller

FILM_BEN_AFFLECK_157954791There aren’t many A-listers who are busier these days with top tier projects than Ben Affleck. His acting career is as highly regarded as it has ever been (I forgive his involvement in To the Wonder), with his currently filming role in David Fincher‘s Gone Girl and of course his impending turn under the cowl as Batman, but that doesn’t take into account his directing at all. Affleck pretty much has his choice of projects at this point, so while he’s still planning to shoot his next Dennis LeHane adaptation Live By Night in the near-ish future, as well as developing an adaptation of a book about the Battle of Bunker Hill (cleverly titled, wait for it…Bunker Hill), he finally seems to have talked Warner Brothers into letting him make the Geopolitical thriller set in Africa that he’s wanted to get off the ground for years. He’ll again direct and star, though he’s not writing the screenplay. You can read a bit more about this below, but at this point I’m game for any movie that Affleck wants to make. Read on for more…

Here’s what Coming Soon had to say:

Deadline is reporting that Warner Bros. Pictures and Pearl Street Films are teaming up on a thriller to be scripted by Will Staples and developed as a directing and starring vehicle for Ben Affleck.

According to the site, “The film is set in Africa, where a bunch of mercenaries are hired to kill a warlord who has been victimizing his own people. The film is both an action movie and an examination of the moral ambiguities of how philanthropy and foreign assistance veers into modern day neocolonialism. It also tracks how involvement in the affairs of foreign countries is always a good deal more complicated than anticipated in the planning stages.”

Staples will produce with Matt Damon and Jennifer Todd through their Warner Bros.-based Pearl Street.

Affleck is set to star as Batman in Zack Snyder’s upcoming Batman vs. Superman movie and also has David Fincher’s Gone Girl and Live By Night in the works.

-Thoughts? Discuss in the comments!

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  • moviewatcher

    Well, to be fair, I don’t think starring in a Terrence Malick movie hurt how well regarded his career was, not one bit.

    • Joey Magidson

      Not at all, though the quality left more than a little bit to be desired…

  • Steve

    Sounds like Blood Diamond meets Last King of Scotland. I’m more interested in Live By Night and the Bunker Hill movie.

    • Joey Magidson

      Agreed, though in Affleck I trust…