Ben Affleck‘s latest The Town generated a lot of buzz. I didn’t want to see it during the festival because it opened literally two days later after it was at the Fest.
The film had a great opening weekend and made a bunch of money for some people. Being a fan of the Gone Baby Gone and his direction there, I was very intrigued to see what his next effort would yield. Apparently it’s pretty fricken fantastic so I am very much looking forward to seeing it.
Bouyed by this success, it seems that Warner Bros. has offered Ben him Tales from the Gangster Squad, a script “about the Los Angeles Police Department‘s off-the-books squad of mercenary cops who tried to chase infamous gangster Mickey Cohon out of town in the 1940s.
According to the Vulture:
Cohen, for those unfamiliar, started out as hired muscle for Al Capone in Chicago, but blossomed as a mogul after being sent to Los Angeles by Murder, Inc. kingpin Meyer Lansky to surveille Bugsy Siegel, who Cohen helped set up the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas and ran it’s sports betting operation. He also ran a panoply of L.A. businesses, presumably as fronts to launder money — including floral shops, paint stores, nightclubs, casinos, gas stations, a haberdashery, and an ice cream parlor — before getting busted for tax evasion in 1950 and serving four years in federal prison.
He still has to decide, however there is another project that I hope he does more than this one. Apparently, he is looking at shooting the pilot for a Showtime series from 24 producer called Homeland ‘about a sleeper cell and ex-CIA operative’.
Both are at Warner Bros, so Ben, shoot the pilot, then the film.
We all win.
source - Vulture.