Following, The Way Back, which is arguably some of his very best work, Ben Affleck has lined up his next big directing gig at Paramount Pictures. As first reported by Deadline, the former Batman will helm the upcoming live-action adaptation of The Big Goodbye: Chinatown and the Last Years of Hollywood.
Penned by Sam Wasson and published in February 2020, the book tells the behind-the-scenes story of the 1974 film noir classic Chinatown starring Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway. The story dives into the height of Nicholson’s film career as he navigates his love affair with Anjelica Huston. Additionally, director Roman Polanski is featured following the harrowing death of his wife Sharon Tate as he returns to Los Angeles. Moreover, producer Robert Evans, writer Robert Towne, and the controversial fabled production is explored in the book as well.
The upcoming film adaptation will feature a script written by Affleck himself. The movie has long been in development following the acquisition of its rights by Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels. Michaels will produce the film alongside Affleck as well.
Per the initial report, Affleck’s love of film history attracted him to the project. The actor’s last film, The Way Back, is the filmmaker’s triumphant return to the director’s chair. Recently, Affleck has appeared on the big screen as the Dark Knight in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League. He will appear in the role once more in next year’s Zack Snyder’s Justice League. The Academy Award winner will next star as King Charles VI in Ridley Scott’s The Last Duel.
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