Ben Affleck in talks to direct film about slain reporter

December 12, 2008  |  2:38pm
Ben Affleck’s full reinvention as a film director hasn’t quite happened yet, even though we retain fond memories of Gone Baby Gone from last year. He’s slowly begun to work back into ensembles roles in new movies like the American version of State of Play and He’s Just Not That Into You, but now Variety reports that he’s in talks to direct Arizona, a film about the slain Arizona Republic reporter Don Bolles.

Set up at Miramax, where Ben Affleck famously shared a screenwriting Oscar in 1998 for Good Will Hunting, the film would chronicle the reporter’s death in 1976 from a car bomb apparently placed by the mob and the subsequent rallying of his former colleagues to finish the work he started.

A script is still being commissioned, so it’ll be some time before the fledgling movie comes to term.

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