Ben Affleck in Talks to Direct Political Thriller ARGO
Rumors have been circling for months about what Ben Affleck would choose for his next directing gig, and it looks like he may have found it. Heat Vision reports Affleck is in early talks to helm ARGO, an adaptation of the 2007 “How the CIA Used a Fake Sci-Fi Flick to Rescue Americans from Tehran” Wired article by Joshuah Bearman about the Tehran hostage crisis.
The article focuses on a rescue effort coordinated by the CIA and the Canadian government to extract six U. S. diplomats being held during the 1979 Iran occupation of the U. S. Embassy. The CIA used disguised agents posing as a movie crew who were scouting locations for a movie they called Argo. Legendary comics creator Jack Kirby created movie designs and drawings to help the CIA sell the story.
George Clooney and his producing partner Grant Heslov originally brought the project to Warner Bros and are on board to produce along with David Klawans. Chris Terrio wrote the script for the wryly funny political thriller.
Affleck’s name had been linked to such projects as American Bullshit, Replay, and The Trade, but this is the first time he has been said to actually be negotiating for a deal. This would also mark the first time Affleck has worked with Clooney.
Do you think this is a worthy follow-up to The Town?