Ben Affleck To Direct New Film For Disney
Award-winning filmmaker, Ben Affleck, to direct “Keeper of the Lost Cities” for Walt Disney Studios…
Contrary to what overbearing paparazzi photos might belie, Ben Affleck makes great movies.
And, fresh off positive notes for his acting in The Way Back, Affleck is set to direct one for The Walt Disney Company.
Affleck To Direct Keeper of the Lost Cities
In an exclusive, Deadline’s Justin Kroll reported:
Ben Affleck continues to build up his future dance card and looks to have found another possible directing job to add to his slate. Sources tell Deadline that Disney is in development on a live-action film based on the bestselling book series Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger, with Affleck attached to direct. He will also produce through his Pearl Street banner and adapt the script with Kate Gritmon…
In the bestselling novel, a telepathic girl must figure out why she is the key to her brand-new world before the wrong person finds the answer first. When 12-year-old Sophie finally discovers where her secret telepathic ability comes from, she learns she’s actually not human but is from another world that exists side-by-side with ours.
There are over 2.5 million books in print and counting in the series, with Book 8.5 Unlocked (released in November) just named a Best Young Reader Book of 2020 by Barnes & Noble…
A Change of Pace
To this, the very talented Germain Lussier of Gizmodo added:
Which, to be honest, doesn’t sound much like a movie Ben Affleck would direct. So far the actor turned Oscar-winning writer and director has made only gritty, real-world stories like Argo and The Town. Lots of suits, guns, and F-bombs. That’s probably why he’s interested in Keeper though, since on paper it sounds like something so outside of the box for him. Either way, Affleck is a very talented director with a strong sense of story. Working with Disney on a potential franchise starter feels like it could be a slam dunk for him.
It probably doesn’t hurt to remember that Ben also owns two Oscars. And, that he claims Boston as home. Just sayin’.