Ben Affleck dipped his toe in the directing game by sticking to subject matter that he knew well, life in south Boston. After Gone Baby Gone and The Town did well with audiences and critics, Affleck seemed to get a bit of confidence in his new role. His next film Argo isn’t going to have anything to do with his life experiences at all. As a matter of fact, it’s kind of a globe-hopping tale about the CIA, undercover operatives, and hostages in Tehran. How’s work going on that project? I’d say pretty well, because THR is reporting that Affleck is already in negotiations to direct his next film, and this time he’s going to make the commitment to both direct and star. Unfortunately, the description of the film leads me to believe that Affleck is so comfortable as a director that he’s ready to stop doing things that interest him and start cashing checks to make crap.
The film is called Line of Sight, and it’s an action movie that Joel Silver and Andrew Rona are putting together with Warner Bros. The concept is that the film will be about a team of elite commandos who have to transport some sort of precious cargo while a threat to world safety is happening and, get this, the film will be constructed of all point of view shots so that it looks like a first person shooter video game. How’s that for a twist? You know what I would have liked better as a concept for the film? How about you make the twist be that all of the commandos are complex characters with interesting stories who are put in an engaging situation that has real weight and stakes? Too gimmicky? The report is that Affleck is “in negotiations” to take on the project, so I have a little bit of advice for the budding new director:
Hey Ben, how about you negotiate yourself away from this turd and leave it for someone like Peter Berg to do? You know, unless they’ve cobbled together a great script or something. Then just ignore me and accept my apologies. But I can’t imagine that’s the case. No story pitch should ever use the term “first person shooter video game.”