Ben Affleck to write and direct "The Town"

by Joey Paur

I thought Ben Affleck did a great job directing 'Gone baby Gone'. He has a good talent there that I was hoping he would work on. I think he is much better behind the camera than in front. I gained a whole new respect for him as an artist when I saw 'Gone Baby Gone'. So Warner Bros. has brought him in to write, direct, and star in a movie called 'The Town' which is based on a novel called 'The Prince of Thieves'. Huh? Why didn't they use that title? Variety reports:

Affleck would play a career thief who becomes smitten by the manager of a bank.

The project - which most recently had director Adrian Lyne attached - would be based in Charlestown, Mass., a gritty blue-collar Boston suburb similar to the one that Affleck captured in his directorial debut, "Gone Baby Gone."

Affleck is doing a rewrite on the most recent draft by Peter Craig and Hogan.

Here is a little description of what the book is about to give you an idea of what the movie will be like:

Charlestown, a blue-collar Boston neighborhood, produces more bank robbers and armored car thieves than any square mile in the world. In this gripping, intricately plotted thriller, Claire Keesey, the branch manager for a Boston bank and one of an influx of young professionals chipping away at the neighborhood's insularity, is taken hostage during a robbery. She is released, but Doug MacRay, the brains behind the tough, tight-knit crew of thieves, can't get her out of his mind. Tracking her down without his mask and gun, Doug introduces himself, and as soon as he and Claire meet, their mutual attraction is undeniable -- as are the risks of a relationship.

Meanwhile, Doug's crew pulls off another audacious, meticulously planned job. Frustrated by their ingenuity and brazen ambition, FBI Agent Adam Frawley begins to zero in on Doug and his pals -- and against his own better judgment, he, too, develops more than a professional interest in Claire.

Under pressure from Frawley's ever-closer investigation, Doug imagines a life for himself away from bank robberies and Charlestown. But before that can happen, the crew learns that there may be a way to rob Boston's venerable baseball stadium, Fenway Park. It's a magnificently dangerous and utterly irresistible opportunity -- yet for Doug, pursuing his former hostage may be the most dangerous act of all...

Sounds like it could be pretty good. What do you think?


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