Ben Affleck to adapt Live By Night for Film

Ben Affleck is one of Hollywood's best known actor, director, writer and producer. He enjoyed some remarkable fame in the nineties as an actor. Most people know that he has only gotten better with age. Some of my favorite Ben Affleck films don't even come from the nineties, but are his most recent work that really showcases his skills as a director, writer, producer and actor. 

Too often movie reviews of Ben Affleck films focus too much on all the little things. If you pick apart any flick it is easy to find flaws. As a fan of Ben, though, I like to just sit back and enjoy the movie. 

Argo is the third film that Ben is directing himself in a movie, and he's picked an ambitious project to do so. Not only is the film packed with other highly praised actors such as Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin and John Goodman, it's also full of action, a notoriously tricky aspect of movie making. Reviews indicate that he's done a splendid job, making this not only one of his best reviewed films ever, but also earned him several awards including Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Director.  

According to IGN, Ben Affleck will write and direct the adaptation based on Dennis Lehane’s best selling novel Live by Night. Ben also adapted Dennis Lehane’s Gone Baby Gone back in 2007. The film won several awards, including Best First Film for Ben Affleck from the Austin Film Critics Association. 

The story takes place in the US during prohibition in 1920. Joe Coughlin is the son of a police officer, who instead of following in his father's footsteps, decide to "live by the rules of the night," and the more thrilling life of a criminal. He started working as a thief for a thug that ran the city and was eventually chosen to run their illegal operations in Florida. There he builds a realm, becoming the only supplier of rum throughout the entire southeast part of the country. But as his supremacy grows, and while he brutally destroys all who stand in his way, he also shows that he's not without a moral code that keeps him relatable.