Friday, October 12, 2012

Another Dennis Lehane Big Screen Adaptation Coming


Slap a Soon to be a Major Motion Picture sticker on it! The Playlist announced that Ben Affleck, fresh from his success with Argo, is reteaming with Gone Baby Gone author Dennis Lehane.
Leonardo DiCaprio is the executive producer; at one point he was going to star as well but now that's up to Ben Affleck to star as well as direct.


I have to say Ben Affleck has really wormed his way into earning my respect. He took a lot of flak for supposedly being the less talented in the Affleck / Damon partnership. The stories of Affleck hanging around doing, well, not writing, while Damon doing all the work are many. And I'm sure the snide remarks about coasting on his looks didn't help or his really, really bad choice of roles. Let's face it, he does his worse work as a romcom lead because he can't help mugging and smiling like an idiot. Does much better with straight drama I think,
I also think the role of Joe seems right up his alley. And as a director, he is just flying. This will be a fun one to watch for! And maybe read the book? What do you think ...

here's the storyline:

Boston, 1926. The '20s are roaring. Liquor is flowing, bullets are flying, and one man sets out to make his mark on the world.

Prohibition has given rise to an endless network of underground distilleries, speakeasies, gangsters, and corrupt cops. Joe Coughlin, the youngest son of a prominent Boston police captain, has long since turned his back on his strict and proper upbringing. Now having graduated from a childhood of petty theft to a career in the pay of the city's most fearsome mobsters, Joe enjoys the spoils, thrills, and notoriety of being an outlaw.

But life on the dark side carries a heavy price. In a time when ruthless men of ambition, armed with cash, illegal booze, and guns, battle for control, no one—neither family nor friend, enemy nor lover—can be trusted. Beyond money and power, even the threat of prison, one fate seems most likely for men like Joe: an early death. But until that day, he and his friends are determined to live life to the hilt.

Joe embarks on a dizzying journey up the ladder of organized crime that takes him from the flash of Jazz Age Boston to the sensual shimmer of Tampa's Latin Quarter to the sizzling streets of Cuba. Live by Night is a riveting epic layered with a diverse cast of loyal friends and callous enemies, tough rumrunners and sultry femmes fatales, Bible-quoting evangelists and cruel Klansmen, all battling for survival and their piece of the American dream. At once a sweeping love story and a compelling saga of revenge, it is a spellbinding tour de force of betrayal and redemption, music and murder, that brings fully to life a bygone era when sin was cause for celebration and vice was a national virtue.




2 comments:

  1. I can already imagine the sets, the costumes. Hopefully they'll be as rich as the book scenes.

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  2. Oh good; I will be adding it to my list of books to read.

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