Actor-director Ben Affleck is
in talks to write, direct and star in an adaptation of Dennis
Lehane's Prohibition era novel.
The book was published by William Morrow last week,
though the studio picked up the rights in spring, when it
still was in galley form, the Hollywood Reporter said.
'Live By Night' is a Boston-set story, centering on Joe
Coughlin, who rebels against his cop father and becomes a
career criminal, eventually joining a mobster.
Affleck and his Pearl Street banner will join Leonardo
DiCaprio's Appian Way to produce.
The road to the partnership was paved by Affleck starring
in 'Runner Runner', the upcoming gambling drama on which
Appian Way is a producer.
Affleck is also attached to direct Warner Bros adaptation
of The Stand as well as an English-language remake of the
French thriller Tell No One.
Lehane's three other novels 'Mystic River', 'Shutter
Island' and 'Gone, Baby, Gone' have already been adapted into