Ben Affleck in talks to direct George Clooney's Iran hostage crisis film

clooney-affleckImage Credit: Debby Wong/PR Photos; Bob Charlotte/PR PhotosEW has confirmed that Ben Affleck is currently in talks to direct the Warner Bros. political thriller Argo. The project, which is based on an article in Wired magazine, was set up at the studio by George Clooney and his producing partner Grant Heslov. The story centers on a stranger-than-fiction CIA rescue operation during the occupation of the American embassy in Tehran in 1979, when six U.S. diplomats were held hostage. The CIA hatched a scheme involving disguises and a fake Hollywood film crew on a location-scouting mission to help get the captives out of the country.

Argo would be the first directing assignment for Affleck since The Town. When that Boston-set heist picture opened to critical praise (and went on to earn a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for Jeremy Renner), Affleck’s name started popping up seemingly every other week attached to one high-profile film or another. But his reps continued to shoot down all of those rumors. If his current discussions with Clooney and Warner Bros. pan out, it would mark the first time Affleck and Clooney have worked together, although Affleck’s pal Matt Damon and his brother, Casey, were both in Clooney’s Oceans 11 films.

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  • fromMarkHall

    Affleck and Clooney taking hostages? Now the Iranians know how I feel everytime I see one of their movies.

    • Fatima

      That’s the sound of that joke coming in for a crash landing.

  • BP

    We had a horse named The Argo once.

  • DaniVT

    This sounds cool, although when I first saw the film title I was thinking more high seas adventure a la Jason and The Argonauts.

  • Angela

    I think this could be very interesting, and I feel like Ben Affleck would approach it differently than a lot of other directors would. Also, it doesn’t take place in Boston! I’d prefer to see it as more of a thriller than a political drama, though seeing George Clooney attached, there are probably going to be politics involved. As long as it’s well-done and entertaining, it shouldn’t matter how political it is.

  • mydove

    Do I really want to see Clooney as another CIA operative type character? Boring.

    • Raj

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  • Japanese HIROSHI

    I like Gone Baby Gone, his first directorial effort for a feature-length film. As an entertaining real-life drama, it’s not too raw yet realistic in a Hollywood way, and a great fun in a grown-up fashion to watch throughout. Unfortunately, I’ve never seen THE TOWN yet. But my instincts tell me it’s gonna be another great cup of SAKE!

    I’m hoping BEN AFFLECK will continue working as a feature-length film director. Despite a brief CV, he seems promising as in my book.

    PS: His directing style somehow reminds me of Sidney Lumet’s, though the latter’s tends to be more solid and pleasurably intense.

  • jeff powers

    these macho American heroes sure love playing parts that real men do for a living. These two twits couldn’t hold a candle to anyone in the service today yet they’ll play soldier and run their sucks like they are experts in world affairs

  • ashkalon

    the real story is the two helicopters that were sent to save those guyz crashed into each other and all the operatives died. wonder how he is gonna remake that in his movie. (operation eagle claw if i am not mistaking)

  • Alia

    WELL DID YOU KNOW THAT GEORGE IS
    NOT WITH WARNER BROTHERS WHAT A
    ANOTHER LIE…HE IS WITH SONY..
    NO MOVIE DEAL HERE HIS business
    partner does the directing.

  • ALIA

    George is with Sony Pictures now..
    Moved in 2009 ..

  • saleem

    i want to join wt u.

  • Ariel

    Sounds cool! Ben you’ve really stepped up your game in the Directing field.

  • fakhredin

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