Ben Affleck in Talks to Direct a 22 Year old Project called REPLAY
There's a film project at Warner Bros. that's been sitting around for 22 years called Replay, and now all of a sudden it becomes a high priority for the studio, and they want Ben Affleck to direct and star in it. I guess the story just needed some time to ferment, before they popped open the bottle.
The film is based on a novel by Ken Grimwood and the story follows a 43-year old radio journalist who dies, wakes up in his 18-year old body, and gets to relive his life over and over. With his original memory intact, he takes the opportunity to travel down roads he passed up the first time around. The book was released in 1989, which is when the film project was originally set up.
I think Affleck is a talented director, but I didn't really care for The Town that much. I'm in the minority of people that didn't like it, and saw the film for what it actually was... a very mediocre movie at best. If you did like it, that's fine, I've agreed to disagree with a lot of people. Affleck is getting a lot of work offered to him because of it though. As of right now he really has his sights set on The Trade, which focuses on the 1970s' wife swap of New York Yankees pitchers Fritz Peterson and Mike Kekich. But, Affleck is definitely interested in directing and starring in Replay. This seems like the kind of film he would want to take on.
What do you think of the story and the possibility of Affleck directing and starring in it?