Ben Affleck to Potentially Helm Afghanistan War Movie for Sony

The Tracking Board report that Affleck is in early talks for the directorial role, and perhaps redeem himself for “Live By Night“.

With Ben Affleck’s future as Batman in the DC Extended Universe reportedly in limbo, a new report from the Tracking Board suggests that Affleck is looking to setup his next project, an adaptation of Clinton Romesha’s memoir Red Platoon, at Sony Pictures, which is a bit of an unusual move considering his extensive relationship with Warner Bros.

Director Ben Affleck has made a gangster film, a detective movie, and a heist film. On October 3, 2009, over 300 Taliban fighters raided Outpost Keating, which is a base located on the Afghan-Pakistani border.

Josh Bratman of Immersive Pictures is producing with George Clooney and Grant Heslov of Smokehouse Pictures, as well as Kerry Foster (Lone Survivor). Staff Sgt. Romesha led a small band of soldiers in a counterattack against seemingly insurmountable odds, saving dozens of American lives, and ultimately received the Congressional Medal of Honor for his bravery. If he is cast as Romesha, the role will mark the first time he has worked with his sibling since starring in Ben’s hit 2007 drama Gone Baby Gone.

A release date for Red Platoon has not been announced.

Then Affleck exited The Batman (which he was supposed to write, direct and star in), and Matt Reeves (War for the Planet of the Apes) took over the project, throwing out Affleck’s script entirely for his own take on the material. The story is a true one, set in 2009 and around the battle of Kamdesh.

Affleck’s last effort behind the camera, Live by Night, was an unfortunate disappointment that, nonetheless, still served as a reminder of his talent as a filmmaker.

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