Affleck considering Tales from the Gangster Squad
You know it's really early on in Ben Affleck's directing career to be saying this but I think in the future he's going to be a huge force in film, and that's a not too distant future at that. The Town (Filmstalker review) was superb, beating his previous excellent film Gone Baby Gone.
Apparently he's now considering a true life gangster film that could really start to carve out a name for the man behind the camera. I wonder if it won't be long before we even forget this guy used to act and films like Daredevil, in fact I find it hard to reconcile the two even now.
The story of Tales from the Gangster Squad comes from a series of articles in the L.A. Times by Paul Lieberman that were adapted by the ex-South Central police officer Will Beall who became a novelist. His other novel L.A. Rex has also been optioned for a film.
It tells the story of a group of policement in the L.A.P.D. who are kept “off the books” and who tried to bring down the gangster Mickey Cohen from the forties to the fifties. He was eventually caught for tax evasion and the story follows this battle.
According to the N.Y. Magazine Vulture through First Showing Warner Bros. have offered the directing role to Ben Affleck and he's considering it. They also say though that he has two other offers on his immediate plate one is Homeland, a pilot for a series about a sleeper cell and an ex-CIA operative, and the other are two films with the same studio, something that is being kept a little quiet just now.
What I really hope is that Affleck doesn't accept the wrong deal and take his career on a sidetrack. To me the Homeland deal sounds like one he should make along with Tales from the Gangster Squad, both sound like they will suit his style and allow him to grow. I hope he's not going to accept something lighter and totally away from the darker thriller he's been so successful with.