In the past four years, Ben Affleck has been firing on all cylinders, showing no sign of slowing down. He made his incredible directorial debut with his brother Casey Affleck heading up the cast in Gone Baby Gone, and then followed this up last year with his immense second effort, The Town, which he led himself.
Both films earned an Oscar nomination for one of their supporting cast, and both did well at the box office, with The Town utterly exceeding all expectations by turning a $37m. into more than $150m. when it came out last September.
Warner Bros. seem to be hopeful that Affleck’s third time directing a feature film will replicate his past successes, giving his next film, Argo, which has already begun principal photography, the same third weekend in September slot in which to release it next year, The Playlist report. The States will be getting it on 14th September, and since we got The Town just a week after the US did last year, I’m really hoping that we’ll be getting Argo either on or very soon after the 14th again next year.
The film has been written by relative newcomer Chris Terrio based on a 2007 article in Wired magazine by Joshuah Bearman, which makes for an incredibly interesting read (you can do so here if you care to take a look), entitled How the CIA Used a Fake Sci-Fi Flick to Rescue Americans from Tehran. The film adapts this real-life story of how the CIA went into Iran in order to rescue a group of Americans who managed to escape from the embassy during the Iran hostage crisis of 1979.
The article itself is a brilliant read, and I cannot wait to see Affleck helming this feature adaptation. His work on both Gone Baby Gone and The Town was utterly impressive, and you just know that he’s going to do the same again with Argo. The film has a terrific cast, including Affleck, Kyle Chandler, John Goodman, Bryan Cranston, Michael Parks, Alan Arkin, Clea DuVall, and Scoot McNairy, and it literally could not come soon enough.
Less than one year from today, we should be lucky enough to have seen Argo. It’s going to be awesome. Is anybody else as excited about this as me?