The name of the game for Ben Affleck these days seems to be “stay busy” since he’s currently attached to direct a live-action fantasy movie at Disney. Affleck is already primed to have a big 2021 with the upcoming release of Zack Snyder‘s Justice League on HBO Max. Beyond this year, Affleck has a slew of roles in movies currently in various stages of production, from Deep Water to The Last Duel to Hypnotic. Plus, he’s already set to direct two movies: the war drama Ghost Army and an adaptation of Agatha Christie‘s Witness for the Prosecution.
Today, per a Deadline exclusive, we learned Affleck is also attached to direct a live-action adaptation of the fantasy novel Keeper of the Lost Cities. The book is the first in a popular YA series from author Shannon Messenger. Keeper of the Lost Cities follows Sophie Foster, a telepathic girl who is from another world and must figure out the secrets behind her abilities. The Hollywood Reporter also notes Affleck with co-write the script for Keeper of the Lost Cities with Kate Gritmon, whose previous credits include Game of Thrones and the Russell Crowe movie The Next Three Days.
Affleck is a seasoned feature film director, but Keeper of the Lost Cities sounds like it will be refreshingly new territory for him. To date, Affleck has found a comfort zone in directing hard-boiled crime dramas and thrillers. Those movies — Gone Baby Gone, Argo, The Town, and Live by Night — have been received with mixed to positive results. Affleck going down the Disney path with a fantasy series should be a fun challenge from him and could lead to some interesting results when all is said and done.
We’ll keep you posted on Keeper of Lost Cities as details on the project develop.