Ben Affleck‘s directorial career is littered with crime dramas, from Gone Baby Gone to Best Picture winner Argo to the disappointing Live By Night. But he’s doing a total 180 for his next project behind the camera. Affleck has signed on to direct and co-write a live-action, family friendly fantasy movie for Disney.
The project is an adaptation of Shannon Messenger‘s fantasy novel Keeper Of The Lost Cities, which is the first instalment in a popular YA series. The novel revolves around Sophie Foster, a telepathic girl from another world who must figure out the secrets behind her abilities. Affleck will also co-write the script with Kate Gritmon (Game Of Thrones, The Next Three Days).
It will be refreshing to see Affleck dip his director toes into a totally new genre. After being behind the camera for four hard-boiled crime thrillers, it was probably time for a change of pace. Disney are probably hoping his involvement helps this movie become a big enough hit to warrant adapting the other books in the series and developing a new franchise.
This is far from the only project Affleck is involved in. He’s got erotic thriller Deep Water, Ridley Scott‘s The Last Duel and Robert Rodriguez‘s thriller Hypnotic all in various stages of production, plus he’s also signed on to direct two other movies: the war drama Ghost Army and a new adaptation of Agatha Christie‘s Witness For The Prosecution.
And on top of that, his 2021 will be headlined by the release of Zack Snyder’s Justice League on HBO Max. Get ready to have a lot more Affleck in your life over the next few years.